After the win: What’s next for MP Mark Warawa?

The long-serving MP starts another term after major changes.

It will be a rebuilding period for the Conservative Party, said re-elected Langley-Aldergrove MP Mark Warawa.

In the wake of the Liberal victory, Warawa finds himself in opposition. He’s familiar with the role, having served two years there during Paul Martin’s term as prime minister from 2004-06.

Once the caucus has chosen an interim leader and a whip, they’ll need to sort out which members will take on duties as official critics of various government files, and which will serve on various committees.

Warawa has worked on the environment file several times and said that would be his first choice, but he’s also interested in justice and industry.

“We’ll just see where they need me,” he said.

With chances to present private members bills handed out early in the mandate, Warawa is hoping to bring forward a bill inspired by Langley’s Markita Kaulius. Her daughter was killed by a drunk driver, and Warawa wants to amend sentencing laws for drunk drivers and to toughen penalties for those who cause fatal crashes.

Having seen the political landscape flip from Liberal to Conservative and back again, Warawa is hoping that he can work with the new government when need be.

“I don’t like adversarial politics,” Warawa said. “Of course, philosophically we may be different.”

Warawa does plan to talk to John Aldag, the newly elected Liberal MP for the Cloverdale-Langley City riding.

The two can likely work together on projects of interest to Langley City and Township, Warawa said.

“It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you’re working together instead of fighting each other,” Warawa said.

He also plans to go to the Liberals to try to make sure the federal funding for a new 216th Street highway interchange still goes through. It was a top priority for local governments, Warawa noted. The project was announced just days before the election was called.

Warawa still has no idea who will be the eventual new leader of the Conservatives, the first new leader since Stephen Harper unified the Canadian Alliance and Progressive Conservatives.

Warawa said he wasn’t surprised at the Liberal victory, but he was surprised that they won a majority.


Just Posted

Cupcakes against cancer: Langley parents rally to help family

Christine Tulloch, a crusader against cancer, has suffered a third relapse

Aldergrove chef sentenced to seven years for million-dollar drug operation

Raymon Ranu has been working as a cook since he was arrested for selling fentanyl and cocaine

Our View: Safety first at blacked-out hospital parking lot

Ensuring the safety of hospital workers and patients is vital

Frankly Speaking: Warawa deserving of thanks

Columnist Frank Bucholtz talks about Mark Warawa’s contribution to our community

Killer of Calgary mother, daughter gets no parole for 50 years

A jury found Edward Downey guilty last year in the deaths of Sara Baillie, 34, and five-year-old Taliyah Marsman

Raptors beat Bucks 120-102 to even series at 2-2

Lowry pours in 25 as Toronto moves within two games of NBA Finals

Body of missing snowmobiler recovered from Great Slave Lake

Police confirm the body is that of one of three missing snowmobilers

Toddler seriously injured after falling from Okanagan balcony

RCMP are investigating after a two-year-old boy fell from the balcony of an apartment in Kelowna

Cost jumps 35% for Trans-Canada Highway widening in B.C.

Revelstoke-area stretch first awarded under new union deal

Is vegan food a human right? Ontario firefighter battling B.C. blaze argues it is

Adam Knauff says he had to go hungry some days because there was no vegan food

Winds helping in battle against fire threatening northern Alberta town

Nearly 5,000 people have cleared out of High Level and nearby First Nation

Man pleads guilty in Surrey crash that killed two Abbotsford women

Sarah Dhillon and Paige Nagata died following head-on collision on Nov. 4, 2018

Most Read