We are very sad to report that Mark passed away on June 20th, 2019 after a short but valiant battle with cancer. Andrew Scheer wrote on Mark's passing:
"I cannot begin to express the sorrow and loss Jill and I feel today at the passing of MP Mark Warawa.
Mark and I were first elected to Parliament at the same time, in 2004, and I will always have fond memories learning the Ottawa ropes together. He was always a source of wisdom and advice and was always there for our whole team.
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.
Most of all, Mark was an exemplary family man - endlessly devoted to his wife Diane, his five children, and 10 grandchildren. Jill and I are praying that God will comfort Mark’s family at this time.
In his last address to the House of Commons, Mark left us with these words:
“I want to encourage each of you to love one another, to encourage each other, because God loves us. Pray for another. Pray about what is really important. Help one another. Seek God's will for you each day. Do what is right. Be honest.”
Thank you for everything, Mark. You will be missed."
Some background on Mark:
Mark was re-elected on October 19, 2015 to the 42nd Canadian Parliament for his fifth term as Member of Parliament for the new riding of Langley—Aldergrove. He was appointed as the Official Opposition Critic for Seniors and was responsible for bringing forward seniors’ issues at the Shadow Cabinet table and in Parliament. Mark was also appointed to the Special Joint Committee on Physician Assisted Dying, where he was one of 16 Parliamentarians who consulted with Canadians and provided legislative recommendations.
Mark had the honourable distinction of being the Parliamentary Secretary to four different Ministers of the Environment, from 2006 to 2011, helping guide Canada through five important years of minority Government.
In 2011, Mark was appointed to the position of Chair of the Standing Committee of Environment and Sustainable Development for Canada, overseeing Canada’s Environmental Committee work, studies and legislative reviews.
In 2013, Mark was appointed to serve on the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology and was the Vice-Chair of the Canada-Philippines Parliamentary Group, Treasurer of the Canada-Ukraine and Canada-Taiwan Parliamentary Groups, Director for the Canada-Korea and Canada-Israel Parliamentary Groups, and a Member of the Canada-Europe, Canada-Mexico, and Canada-Hong Kong Parliamentary Groups.
Mark was with Prime Minister Harper on an official State visit to Ukraine in 2010. He also led a Canadian Parliamentarian delegation to Taiwan in 2011. In 2014, he was on a trade delegation to Ukraine, and served as an election observer during the October 2014 and February 2019 Parliamentary elections in Ukraine.
Mark was a long-time resident of Langley BC, where he and his wife Diane raised their 5 children.