CONSERVATIVE MP Mark Warawa (Langley Aldergrove), who passed away on Thursday after “a brief but valiant battle with cancer,” said in his final statement to his constituents: “It’s been an incredible honour to have served my community since being elected federally in 2004.”
According to a statement posted on his Facebook, “Mark announced his retirement from politics in January of 2019, before his diagnosis in April. He embraced this journey as he did most things—with an open heart and prayer.
“On May 7, Mark found enough strength to deliver his farewell speech in the House of Commons, which was received with a standing ovation and many tears from his fellow MPs from every party. On May 21, Mark made his last public appearance, waving from his car and greeting well wishers in the Fort Langley May Day parade.
“Mark began his public life as an Abbotsford City Councillor, serving for 14 years. He then moved to federal politics, winning the election as the Conservative candidate for the newly formed electoral district of Langley in June 2004. He was re-elected five times, the last time in October 2015, in the new electoral riding of Langley—Aldergrove.”
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said: “Mark was an example to which all Parliamentarians should aspire. A respectful contributor to the debate, a fierce advocate for his constituents, and a strong defender of his principles.
“Mark was a true gentleman. And while his warmth and kindness knew no partisan bounds, his love for his Conservative family was special. The Conservative caucus is devastated. He will be missed dearly.”
Prim Minister Justin Trudeau said: “Today, I join all Parliamentarians and Canadians to mourn the passing of Mark Warawa, Member of Parliament for the British Columbia riding of Langley–Aldergrove, after a brave battle with cancer.
“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I extend my deepest condolences to his wife Diane, his five children and ten grandchildren, his friends and colleagues, and the many people he represented in his riding.
“A long-time resident of Langley, B.C., Mark served his constituents proudly since 2004, building on his work as a city councilor and businessman. He was a man of deep faith and principle who lived his life in service to others.
“Mark was a strong voice for people in his community, and worked tirelessly on behalf of all Canadians. He will be greatly missed.”