Former Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Steven Blaney (left) and MP Mark Warawa (right) unveiled plans for a $17.7 million reconstruction of the Aldergrove port of entry in April 2014. Now Warawa

Mark Warawa calls for 24/7 border crossing in Aldergrove

Crossing important for jobs and economic growth in Langley-Aldergrove MP says

  • Thu Mar 17th, 2016 5:00pm
  • News

It’s time to operate the recently-upgraded Aldergrove border crossing around the clock, Langley-Aldergrove Conservative MP Mark Warawa says.

Warawa has written Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale, to argue for changing the hours of operation from 8 a.m. to midnight to 24/7.

“Our community’s need for effective cross-border traffic flow is expanding at a rate matching our fast-paced growth, and an expansion of border services makes good business sense,” Warawa says.

When the Conservatives were in power, Warawa — supported by the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce — pushed for improvements to the Aldergrove border that led to a $17.7 million overhaul, including two new commercial lanes, five new traveller lanes (one of them a dedicated NEXUS lane) along with a larger traveller processing facility and commercial examination warehouse.

“The upgrades to the Aldergrove border are one of the most important projects that I’ve worked on in my past 12 years as a Member of Parliament,” Warawa said.

“The Aldergrove border crossing is very important for jobs and economic growth in Langley and will help Langley to reach its economic potential.”

With its recent expansion Aldergrove has the potential to be a major port of entry, Warawa told the  Chamber  during its March meeting, held on Tuesday evening.

He said the crossing has both the capacity and the volume of traffic needed to support 24/7 opening.