Langley MP appeals riding boundary changes

MP Mark Warawa - File photo
MP Mark Warawa
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Langley MP Mark Warawa is appealing a proposed overhaul of electoral boundaries that would split his riding in two.

Warawa has filed notice of appeal with the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs, which has the final say over all matters that relate to the election of MPs.

The Langley MP said he has consulted with the City of Langley and Township of Langley councils as well as the local chamber of commerce, and none support splitting the existing riding.

"The preference [they expressed] has been to leave it as it is," Warawa told The Times Tuesday.

Failing that, the boundaries should be adjusted so that one riding follows the existing Township border and the other takes in all of the City plus a portion of nearby Cloverdale, he said.

That he felt, would be better than the existing proposal that would take all of the city, part of the Township and part of Cloverdale to form one new riding called Cloverdale-Langley, while attaching the remainder of the Township to part of Abbotsford and calling it Fort Langley—Aldergrove.

At the very least, Warawa says, the name of the new riding should be altered to better reflect which communities are dominant.

He said the riding that includes the City of Langley should be named West Langley-Cloverdale while the riding with the bulk of the Township should be named Langley-West Abbotsford.

He says he plans to run in the riding that includes most of the Township, whatever it's called.

"I live in Willoughby and my office is in Murrayville," Warawa said.

No date has been set for his appearance before the committee.

The two new proposed Langley ridings are part of a Canada-wide reshuffling to reflect population growth that has added five new electoral districts to the Lower Mainland, bringing the total to 26.

Before the current riding was created in 2004, Langley was part of two larger ridings, one of which also included part of Abbotsford.

The other had Langley City and a small portion of the Township connected to a riding which was mostly made up of South Surrey and White Rock.

The commission report still has to be debated at a Parliamentary Committee and the final vote in the House of Commons will not be taken until May or June.

The final report of the Commission on Redistribution of Electoral Districts was issued last month.



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