DEEPAK OBHRAI – Experience you can count on

  • Deepak was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Calgary East in 1997. He was re-elected in 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2011. Deepak was re-elected in the last general election held in October 2015, from the new Riding of Calgary Forest Lawn.
  • Deepak is now the Dean of the Conservative Caucus.
  • He is the Conservative Party’s Candidate for MP from Calgary Forest Lawn in the upcoming 2019 federal election.
  • Deepak was Canada’s longest-serving Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, having held that position from 2006 to 2015.
  • He also served as Parliamentary Secretary for International Cooperation.
  • Deepak was also Canada’s only Parliamentary Secretary for International Human Rights.
  • In September 2013, Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed Deepak to Her Majesty’s Privy Council for Canada, in recognition of his service to Canada.
  • In 2017, Deepak ran for Leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada. He was applauded during one of the debates when he famously said: “Not all issues are black and white…..they can also be brown.”
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In Parliament

  • Served as a member of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development.
  • Served as member of the Special House Committee on Afghanistan, to oversee Canada’s mission to Afghanistan.
  • As an Opposition MP from 1997 to 2006, Deepak served in House of Commons roles encompassing international trade, foreign affairs, multiculturalism, immigration, globalization, human rights and international development.
  • Founder-Chair of the Canada-India Parliamentary Friendship Group.
  • Chair of Canada-Indonesia Parliamentary Friendship Group.
  • Member of the Canada-Africa Parliamentary Association.
  • Member of the Canada-Japan Inter-Parliamentary Group.
  • Member of the Canada-China Legislative Association.
  • Member of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.
  • Made numerous Speeches and Interventions in the House of Commons.

On the World Stage

Over the past two decades, Deepak has undertaken many diplomatic engagements around the world, standing up for Canada on the world stage and promoting Canadian values of pluralism, freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

  • In 2013, represented Canada at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka.
  • Led the Canadian delegation of observers at the historic 2012 by-election in Burma.
  • Led the Canadian delegations to six Pacific Islands Forums.
  • Led the Canadian delegations to African Union Summits in Libya, Uganda and Ethiopia.
  • Member of four delegations led by two of Canada’s Governors General, H.E. Romeo Leblanc and H.E. David Johnston, to Africa, South America, Asia, Middle East and the Caribbean.
  • At the United Nations
    • Represented Canada at the United National General Assembly from 2006 to 2014.
    • Spoke at the UN Security Council New York, 2012.
    • Spoke at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, 2014
  • Led the Canadian delegation to Tanzania’s 50th Anniversary of Independence in 2011. (Deepak was born in Tanzania, grew up and worked there as a young man).
  • Represented Canada at the ASEAN Ministerial Meetings in Singapore and Thailand.
  • Represented Canada at the ceremony Birth of a New Nation South Sudan, in 2011.

Recognitions

  • In 2008 – Deepak Obhrai is featured in the Alberta Grade 9 Social Studies textbook titled “Issues for Canadians,” published by Nelson Education. In it Deepak says “The first responsibility of an MP is to the constituents who elected the MP.” Accordingly, his Constituents have been Deepak’s number one priority ever since he was elected to Parliament in 1997.
  • On March 6, 2013 the Embassy newspaper named Deepak Obhrai as one of the top people influencing Canadian foreign policy.
  • A June 2014 survey by the Embassy newspaper named Deepak as one of the Hardest Working Parliamentarians on Foreign Policy and one of the Most Well-connected Parliamentarians to the diplomatic scene.
  • In September 2008, Deepak Obhrai is named as one of 35 most influential Indo-Canadians in Canada,profiled in the book The Power List published by the India Abroad newspaper.
  • In January 2009, Deepak Obhrai is presented with the prestigious “Pravasi Bharatiya Samman” the highest honour given to overseas Indians, which was conferred by the President of India.
  • On May 30, 2014 Tanzanian President H.E. Jaykaya Kikwete confers Deepak Obhrai with an honorarium as the first Honorary Member of the Canada-Tanzania Business Council, in Toronto.
  • On May 03, 2015, Vietnamese Canadian Federation presents Deepak with the VCF Award 2015, in recognition of his dedication to the Vietnamese Canadian Community, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the journey to freedom of Vietnamese Canadians.
  • On June 3, 2015 -Universities Canada, an organization representing Canada’s 97 universities, awards Deepak with a Certificate of Special Recognition in appreciation of his service and support for Canada’s higher education, research and innovation.
  • For a full list of Awards & Recognitions received by Deepak, please visit deepakobhrai.com

Standing up for Our Rights

“A Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian.”

  • Standing up for his vision of equality for all Canadians, in 2014, Deepak boldly broke ranks with his own party to vote against Bill C-24, a bill to revoke Canadian citizenship of dual citizens convicted of terrorism offences. For his stand, he was taken to task by the Conservative government of the day, but he was steadfast on his stand for the rights of all Canadians. He expressed concern that Bill C-24 would treat one Canadian differently from another Canadian and argued that it was a fundamental right that a Canadian should be treated as a Canadian, no matter what.

“For me, it is a fundamental human rights issue. I don’t believe any government has the right to take citizenship away. A Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian.” – Hon. Deepak Obhrai opposing Bill C-24 in Parliament.

  • In 2016, Deepak called out his own party for raising membership fees to $25 per year (the highest of any party), arguing the move would isolate many hard-working Canadians and minorities whom they should be embracing. The new rules would make the CPC an “elitist club” he told the media. The party subsequently changed the rules.
  • Deepak has always lent his voice and support to strengthen Canada’s cultural communities. Accordingly, he has come out strongly against the label “Islamic terrorism.”

We do know radicalization takes place, but it takes place among all religions. We must fight radicalization be it Islamic, Christian, Hindu or any other culture. But let us not equate or associate Islam with extremism. – as told to Metro News Calgary

  • In 2016, Deepak spoke at the Charter of Inclusive Communities to condemn all forms of Islamophobia, launched by the National Council of Canadian Muslims and voiced his support to stand up to all forms of Islamophobia.