The trust placed by the constituents of Calgary Forest Lawn and Calgary East in Deepak have resulted in seven victories so far.
His caucus colleagues have labelled him as a “cherished parliamentary institution”, a “tireless advocate of Canadian interests”, and a living example that “anything is possible in Canada, regardless of one’s origins” (Tom Kmiec, June 2017).
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird even named him Canada’s first intergalactic Ambassador, on Twitter.
In 2010, Prime Minister Stephen Harper recognized Deepak as a trail-blazer whose path will be followed by many others. “Since coming to Canada more than 30 years ago, you have succeeded at everything you put your hand to in business and in politics. You and your wife Neena have also raised a lovely family, which now includes third-generation-Canadian Ohbrais. And through all this you have blazed a trail into the mainstream of Canadian life that has become a well-worn path for hundreds of thousands of Indo-Canadians,” Prime Minister Harper said.
Deepak meets with youths and students to encourage them to become more involved in politics and civic society.
In the winter of 2018, Deepak spent a whole day at the Clarence Sansom school chatting with various classes about my responsibilities and duties as their local MP (photo below)
In the spring of 2016 he spoke with Grade 9 students at Sir Wilfrid Laurier School about our democracy, how Parliament works, and how bills get passed (photo below).
Also in 2016, he stopped by Jack James High School to highlight civic and political engagement as part of CIVIX’ national day of youth engagement initiative (photo below).
In all his visits Deepak tells students that every MP is elected to the House of Commons to talk about the issues that matter to their constituents, indifferent of political stripes.