John Aldag watched the election night results come in with friends, family, volunteers, and supporters at his volunteer appreciation event at Elements Casino. (Black Press Media files)

John Aldag watched the election night results come in with friends, family, volunteers, and supporters at his volunteer appreciation event at Elements Casino. (Black Press Media files)

Former Cloverdale-Langley City MP already planning political comeback

Liberal John Aldag says he wants to run again whenever the next election is held

John Aldag lost the election to serve a second term as MP for the Cloverdale-Langley City riding on Oct. 21 to Conservative Tamara Jansen, but he’s already planning a comeback.

“Let’s just say I kept my campaign signs,” Aldag said.

Aldag says he plans to seek the Liberal nomination for Cloverdale-Langley City and wants to run again whenever the next election takes place.

“We are competitive in this riding,” Aldag noted.

His election in 2015 was something of a surprise, as Cloverdale-Langley City was a new riding, but one that was composed of parts of ridings that had all elected Conservative MPs in the prior election. In 2019, Jansen won with 37.7 per cent of the vote, with Aldag in second place at 35.2 per cent, and the NDP’s Rae Banwarie in third at 18.9 per cent.

READ MORE: Conservative Jansen unseats Aldag in Cloverdale-Langley City

With a minority Parliament in Ottawa, the election date remains up in the air. The Liberals will remain in power only as long as they can continue to win confidence votes and pass budgets, which means an election could theoretically come any time in the next four years.

But the aftermath of the election has also meant a lot of work shutting down his offices in Ottawa and locally as Jansen takes over as MP.

That means properly disposing of old constituency assistance files and wrapping up a lot of paperwork, closing down his local campaign office, shutting down his office in Ottawa, and renting out his Ottawa condo to a Liberal MP.

Aldag got back from Ottawa this week.

“I’m home and kind of giving my head a shake and saying, ‘Okay, what is next?’” he said.

In the meantime, Aldag intends to stay connected with his former constituents.

“My intention is to remain involved in the community,” he said.

On the political side, Aldag has taken up a post as the organization chair of the Cloverdale-Langley City Liberal riding association.

He is also launching a petition calling for the Liberal government to fully fund TransLink’s request of $375 million for the next phase of transit funding. He’ll be collecting signatures into January, Aldag said.

He’s also planning to hold public town halls on issues of local interest starting in January or February, and he plans to reconstitute a youth council.

With local lobbying efforts, he’s planning to work through his former Liberal colleagues in the House of Commons, Aldag said.

Before he ran for election, Aldag was known as the manager of the Fort Langley National Historic Site. He took a leave of absence from that job to run because federal employees can’t be politically active, and his involvement with the local Liberal riding association means he can’t go back to working for Parks Canada either, Aldag said.

He isn’t sure what sort of job he’ll seek out yet, but he will be volunteering, including collecting for the Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign.

Meanwhile, Cloverdale-Langley City’s new MP, Jansen, will be able to take her seat in Parliament for the first time when the House resumes sitting on Dec. 5 for the first time since the election.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

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

Just Posted

Langley Township and City provide garbage receptacles where people can deposit their bags of dog poop instead of tossing the bags into bushes. (Langley Advance Times)
LETTER: Langley letter writer dumps on irresponsible dog owners

People who don’t clean up their dogs poop or who toss the bags in the bushes irk local resident

Langley 4-H junior member, Juliet, was a Field to Fork winner. (4-H BC/Special to the Aldergrove Star)
VIDEO: Field to Fork challenge brings together youth and BC grown foods

Two Langley residents earned recognition for their cooking creations using homegrown ingredients

Fraser Health has announced another COVID exposure at Brookswood Secondary. (Google Maps)
Brookswood Secondary latest Langley school with COVID exposure

The alert follows alerts at five schools over the weekend

People wearing face masks to help curb the spread of COVID-19 cross a street in downtown Vancouver, on Sunday, November 22, 2020. The use of masks is mandatory in indoor public and retail spaces in the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. reports 17 COVID deaths, 1,933 new cases as hospitalizations surge over the weekend

There are 277 people in hospital, of whom 59 are in ICU or critical care

Workers arrive at the Lynn Valley Care Centre seniors home, in North Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday, March 14, 2020. It was the site of Canada’s first COVID-19 outbreak in a long-term care facility. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Rapid tests ‘not a panacea’ for care homes, Dr. Bonnie Henry says

B.C. lacks capacity for daily tests of thousands of workers

(Delta Police Department photo)
Cannabis edibles found in Halloween bag lead B.C. police to illegal lab

Delta police arrested a man and a woman while executing a warrant at a residential property Nov. 20

A woman being arrested at a Kelowna Value Village after refusing to wear a mask on Nov. 22.(@Jules50278750/Twitter)
VIDEO: Woman arrested for refusing to wear mask at Kelowna Value Village

RCMP claims the woman was uncooperative with officers, striking them a number of times and screaming

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

B.C. Liberal MLA Shirley Bond questions NDP government ministers in the B.C. legislature, Feb. 19, 2020. (Hansard TV)
Cabinet veteran Shirley Bond chosen interim leader of B.C. Liberals

28-member opposition prepares for December legislature session

Motorists wait to enter a Fraser Health COVID-19 testing facility, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, November 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
COVID-19: What do rising positivity rates mean for B.C.? It’s not entirely clear

Coronavirus cases are on the rise but the province has not unveiled clear thresholds for further measures

A rider carves a path on Yanks Peak Saturday, Nov. 21. Two men from Prince George went missing on the mountain the next day. One of them, Colin Jalbert, made it back after digging out his sled from four feet under the snow. The other, Mike Harbak, is still missing. Local search and rescue teams went out looking Monday, Nov. 23. (Sam Fait Photo)
‘I could still be the one out there’: Snowmobiler rescued, 1 missing on northern B.C. mountain

As Quesnel search and rescue teams search for the remaining rider, Colin Jalbert is resting at home

Most Read