Fort McMurray–Cold Lake
David Yurdiga was elected to the House of Commons in a 2014 by-election in Fort McMurray–Athabasca. He now represents the redistributed riding of Fort McMurray–Cold Lake and is the Official Opposition Critic for Northern Affairs. As an MP, Yurdiga has served on the Standing Committee on Transport and the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.
After completing a postsecondary specialization in mining, Tilson worked at the EcoBay Mine in Nunavut. He then returned to Alberta to work writing training manuals with Occupational Health and Safety, Mines Inspection Branch.
In 1989 Yurdiga opened a property management consulting firm in Lac La Biche, Alberta which he operated for more than two decades. He also owned an operated a distribution company dealing in safety and cleaning supplies. Yurdiga retired from business and returned to the family farm, which he took over on his father’s passing in 2005.
Yurdiga entered politics in 2007 when he was elected as a municipal councillor in Athabasca County. He served as Reeve of the county from 2009 to 2013.
Yurdiga was born and raised in Grassland, Alberta on a family farm. He attended the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, the University of Alberta and Alberta Vocational College while working the oil fields during the summers.
He is married with two grown children and one grandson.