Bateman leaves council to join Taxpayers Federation

Langley Township Councillor Jordan Bateman will resign his seat on council effective Aug. 15, to become the B.C. communications director for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

Langley Township Councillor Jordan Bateman will resign his seat next Monday (Aug. 15) to become the B.C. communications director for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.


Township Councillor Jordan Bateman is leaving politics to become the communications director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation in B.C.

His announcement means there will be at least one fresh face on council after the Nov. 19 municipal election.

Bateman informed Mayor Rick Green, fellow councillors and staff early on Monday morning. Bateman attended his last open council meeting on July 25, and ends his political career on Aug. 15.

He recently cancelled his membership in the BC Liberal Party, and ended his business association with his friend, Fort Langley-Aldergrove MLA Rich Coleman.

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation, which is not affiliated with any political party, advocates lower taxes and smaller government and fighting government waste — “anything that affects the taxpayer’s wallet.”

Bateman, 35, said that his new full-time job will entail some travel, and while the CTF’s B.C. office is in Vancouver, he will carry out much of his work from his Willoughby home.

He said that the CTF approached him several months ago.

“At first I wasn’t ready to step out of public life,” Bateman said.

After a while, “the timing was right and it felt like the right thing to do. There comes a point where you want to do the right thing for your family,” he said, adding that his new job has a kinder schedule and no elections every three years.

Even though the CTF is non-political, there are parallels between his new job and the one he is relinquishing.

Both involve meeting people, researching issues, and talking to the media about changes, all of which he relishes.

He called Langley residents “really good people who are full of ideas. They know what they want in the community and they are never afraid to tell you, and that is a blessing in politics.”

Bateman’s resignation comes as the end of his second three-year term nears.

“It has been an honour and privilege to serve my neighbours as a Township councillor for the past six years,” Bateman, adding that while he is excited for the new chapter in his life “I will definitely miss this aspect of community service.”

In the last election, Bateman topped the polls by a wide margin, winning Walnut Grove, Willoughby, Murrayville, Fort Langley, and Brookswood, and finishing a close second in Aldergrove and Salmon River.

He cited the Langley Events Centre, Willoughby Community Park, restoration of the Fort Langley waterfront, public safety improvements, chairing the local Olympic Torch events, hitting the threshold of one job for every Township citizen, and significant investments in Aldergrove infrastructure, as highlights of his time on council.

“I leave council knowing that Langley is a better, safer, healthier place than when I was first elected,” said Bateman. “This community should be very proud of the way it has invested in its future, and I know the citizens of Langley appreciate sound, forward-thinking leadership as much as I do. This is a remarkable place to live, work, play, and raise a family.”

With only seven council meetings left in this term, Bateman’s resignation will not spark a byelection.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

PHOTOS: Aldergrove Grade 3s get special dictionaries to take home

Langley Lions Club bind ties with over 100 Aldergrove students through literacy efforts

PHOTOS: Secondhand painting and puzzle sale this weekend in Aldergrove

Starting Friday, the community is invited to the arts council to sift through hundreds of donations

Aldergrove bus company lands compressed natural gas buses in Victoria

New buses are hitting the road, lessening the transit fleet’s carbon footprint

One Langley team remains in girls basketball tournament

Only the Langley Lightning survived the quarter finals in their category

Snappy play full of zany fast-talkers and one liners aims to get audiences laughing

Langley’s Ellie King, founder of Royal Canadian Theatre Company, presents Screwball Comedy

Fashion Fridays: Tammy’s big makeover

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Cheslatta Carrier Nation and Rio Tinto sign a historic agreement

Co-operation crucial to stem dropping Nechako Reservoir level

Hundreds of B.C. firefighters ‘climb the wall’ for BC Lung Association

The charity fundraiser saw participants climbing up 48 storeys

Stories of sexual assault at B.C. tree planting camps ‘shocking but not surprising:’ advocate

Contractors’ association is working with trainers to create respectful culture

Lawyer gets house arrest for possessing child porn

Maple Ridge resident gets nine-month term

Police renew appeal in help finding missing Maple Ridge woman after vehicle found

Ridge Meadows RCMP released a new photo showing the missing woman walking east on Dewdney Trunk Road

Notorious B.C. fugitive to be extradited from California on murder charge

Brandon Nathan Teixeira submitted to extradition during court proceedings Thursday in Sacramento

Canada prepared to monitor for community spread of COVID-19: Tam

The U.S. confirmed one case of the new coronavirus, or COVID-19, in California Thursday

Most Read