John Aldag

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John Aldag

Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Cloverdale—Langley City
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded byRiding established
Personal details
Gull Lake, Saskatchewan
Political partyLiberal
Spouse(s)Elaine St. John
ResidenceLangley, British Columbia
ProfessionPublic servant, politician

John Aldag MP (born 1963) is a Canadian Liberal politician, who was elected to represent the riding of Cloverdale—Langley City in the House of Commons of Canada in the 2015 federal election.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Aldag was born in rural Saskatchewan. He earned an MBA from Royal Roads University and had a 32-year career with Parks Canada, including postings in Whitehorse, Lake Louise, Yoho, Waterloo and Langley, where he was the administrator of Fort Langley National Historic Site before his entry into politics.[2] Aldag took an unpaid leave from Parks Canada in December 2013 to begin campaigning for election to office, which he ultimately won with nearly 46% of the vote.[1] He resigned his position upon being confirmed as the elected candidate by Elections Canada on October 26, 2015.

Aldag and his wife, Elaine St. John, a doctor, have two daughters and one son, and had lived in Langley for a decade at the time of his election to the House of Commons.[2][3]


Aldag was elected in the 2015 election as a Member of Parliament for Cloverdale—Langley City. In the 42nd Canadian Parliament, he was appointed to two parliamentary committees; the Environment and Sustainable Development committee[4] and the Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying, an issue in which he consulted extensively with his constituents.[5] The issue of Physician-Assisted Dying touched him, causing him to be a proponent of families having conversations about their wishes in these situations.[5] He was later named as well to the House of Commons Special Committee on Electoral Reform. Aldag introduced Private Member's Bill C-374 which, if adopted, would provide a seat on the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada for First Nations, Inuit and Métis representation.[6]

Electoral record[edit]

2015 Canadian federal election: Cloverdale—Langley City
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal John Aldag 24,617 45.52 +33.72 $48,139.65
Conservative Dean Drysdale 18,800 34.77 -22.61 $164,422.49
New Democratic Rebecca Smith 8,463 15.65 -9.03 $12,325.60
Green Scott Anderson 2,195 4.06 -0.55 $5,846.04
Total valid votes/Expense limit 54,075 100.00   $209,882.99
Total rejected ballots 186 0.34
Turnout 54,261 69.40
Eligible voters 78,189
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +28.16
Source: Elections Canada[7][8][9]


  1. ^ a b Election 2015: Aldag claims new riding for Liberals, The Langley Times, October 20, 2015.
  2. ^ a b Kersey, Karen (January 9, 2016). "New MP, Doc's daughter spread prairie roots". Gull Lake Advance. Retrieved 2016-01-22.
  3. ^ "Aldag puts name forward for Liberals in new federal riding – Langley Times". Langley Times. Retrieved 2016-01-22.
  4. ^ Anderson, Samantha (September 26, 2018). "Cloverdale-Langley City MP elected chair of environment, sustainable development committee". Langley Times, Black Press Group Ltd. Retrieved December 26, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Holmes, Tracy (3 March 2016). "Legislators face death head on". Peace Arch News. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  6. ^ Anderson, Samantha (October 25, 2017). "Cloverdale-Langley City MP introduces bill to include Indigenous representatives on heritage board". Langley Times, Black Press Group Ltd. Retrieved December 26, 2018.
  7. ^ Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Cloverdale—Langley City, 30 September 2015
  8. ^ Official Voting Results - Cloverdale—Langley City
  9. ^ "Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates". Archived from the original on August 15, 2015.

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