Langley's Member of Parliament spoke about changing riding boundaries, medical marijuana, and cross-border trade before local business people Tuesday.
At the monthly meeting of the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce, MP Mark Warawa gave an update on what he's been doing in Ottawa.
The Conservative MP talked about the reigning party's jobs plans, work on ending skills shortages, and drive to encourage businesses to hire Canadian Forces veterans.
He also mentioned the recent visit by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who spoke with Langley and Surrey businesspeople at a local clothing store.
On criminal justice, he outlined the government's plan to end private growing of marijuana by registered medical users, in favour of a system of centralized production and distribution through pharmacies.
"We are approaching it as a pharmaceutical drug," Warawa said.
There have been a number of recent incidents in which medical marijuana growers were found to be growing much more than their allowed limits.
There have also been targeted attacks on legal growers by criminals.
"That puts all of us at risk," Warawa said.
The new rules will prevent people from growing marijuana in their own homes.
On electoral boundaries, Warawa re-iterated for the chamber that he is lobbying to tweak the proposed boundaries of new federal ridings.
The planned new ridings would include a riding dubbed Cloverdale-Langley that includes portions of Surrey, Langley City, and Willoughby west of 208th Street, along with a riding called Fort Langley-Aldergrove that would include the rest of the Township and a western sliver of Abbotsford.
Warawa would prefer Langley Township to remain one riding, if not all of Langley staying together.
He also suggested renaming the new ridings if they are not amended, dubbing them West Langley-Cloverdale and Langley-West Abbotsford.
He also spoke about his private member's bill in the House of Commons, which would condemn the practice of sex-selective abortions.
In parts of China, India, and other countries, women seek early ultrasounds and abort female fetuses due to a preference for sons. A recent CBC report found that a number of Canadian ultrasound clinics were also willing to tell mothers the sex of their children very early in the pregnancy.
Warawa's motion has been criticized by the NDP as an attempt to re-open the abortion debate, but he insists it is an issue of discrimination and the rights of women and girls.
"I just really felt passionate that this is what I was supposed to do," Warawa told the chamber.
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