“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