Deepak OBHRAI

OBHRAI, The Hon. Deepak, P.C.

Personal Data

Party
Conservative
Constituency
Calgary Forest Lawn (Alberta)
Birth Date
July 5, 1950
Website
http://deepakobhrai.com
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=9f0040ba-a9d7-4aa4-b2e4-f3213a4e024f&Language=E&Section=ALL
Email Address
deepak.obhrai@parl.gc.ca
Profession
businessman

Parliamentary Career

June 2, 1997 - March 26, 2000
REF
  Calgary East (Alberta)
March 27, 2000 - October 22, 2000
CA
  Calgary East (Alberta)
November 27, 2000 - May 23, 2004
CA
  Calgary East (Alberta)
December 12, 2003 - May 23, 2004
PC
  Calgary East (Alberta)
February 2, 2004 - May 23, 2004
CPC
  Calgary East (Alberta)
June 28, 2004 - November 29, 2005
CPC
  Calgary East (Alberta)
January 23, 2006 - September 7, 2008
CPC
  Calgary East (Alberta)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (February 7, 2006 - September 18, 2013)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Cooperation (March 26, 2008 - November 6, 2008)
October 14, 2008 - March 26, 2011
CPC
  Calgary East (Alberta)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (February 7, 2006 - September 18, 2013)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Cooperation (March 26, 2008 - November 6, 2008)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for International Cooperation (November 5, 2010 - January 29, 2011)
May 2, 2011 - August 2, 2015
CPC
  Calgary East (Alberta)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (February 7, 2006 - September 18, 2013)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and for International Human Rights (September 19, 2013 - November 3, 2015)
October 19, 2015 -
CPC
  Calgary Forest Lawn (Alberta)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and for International Human Rights (September 19, 2013 - November 3, 2015)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 370 of 371)


October 28, 1997

Mr. Deepak Obhrai

Madam Speaker, let me tell the member what our real problem is. Our real problem is the level of bureaucracy the government is creating. We do not have much of a problem regarding the intent of the bill. We understand the intent of the bill but we have a problem in the way the government is going about doing it. It is creating another level of bureaucracy. It is fine to say that it has free votes on everything, but why does the federal government have a hand in it by appointing certain members to the board?

We know from past experience that the government is going to appoint to the board some Liberal MP who has been defeated or someone who may not have the proper expertise. Therefore, we definitely have a concern about this.

The member should listen to what the Reform Party has been saying. We have no problem with the intent of the bill. We have a problem with the way the government is going about having the bill implemented and in the way it is set up. That is the problem we have with this bill.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act
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October 24, 1997

Mr. Deepak Obhrai (Calgary East, Ref.)

Mr. Speaker, this weekend we celebrate the anniversaries of two milestones for democracy in Canada.

Five years ago this Sunday, on October 26, 1992, millions of Canadians had a rare taste of grassroots democracy when they cast their votes in a national referendum on constitutional change. Ordinary Canadians resoundingly rejected the special status, distinct society laden Charlottetown accord. By doing so, they also rejected the top down process by which that accord was drafted. Canadians set an important precedent that day. Never again will they allow political elites to dictate our constitutional future.

Four years ago tomorrow, millions of Canadians defied conventional wisdom and set another democratic landmark. They voted Reform by the millions. On that day 51 new Reform MPs joined the Reform member who is now the member for Edmonton North.

These are two great dates, two dates that mark the coming of age for democracy in this country. Reformers everywhere should be proud.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   The Constitution
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October 21, 1997

Mr. Deepak Obhrai (Calgary East, Ref.)

Madam Speaker, this is my first time speaking in the House and it is indeed a privilege.

I have listened to the motion of the NDP and to the response of the Liberal government. I represent a riding which is not very well off. A lot of people are looking for government assistance and are on government assistance.

The general thrust, as I listen to the members of the NDP and of the Liberals, is that with the spending that will take place, jobs will be created. However, the evidence is to the contrary. Yes, we do need to spend money on many of our social services but that is not going to create meaningful jobs. It is going to create jobs that are there but are not meaningful jobs.

What is important for the economy is to reduce the deficit. I have business experience. I am a small businessman and in the last 15 years the tax burden on my business has exceeded to the point where I have had to cut staff in order to balance my books. It is lower taxes and the proper environment that will create the investment and create meaningful jobs.

I have two daughters in university who will soon be going into the job market. They are looking for training in jobs that will be meaningful and help in our prosperity.

The economy is changing into an information age and moving into a global economy. That is where we will excel in the job training aspect by retraining our youth. It is not in spending money but in creating the environment for the business sector. We all know it is the business sector that will create the jobs, not the government sector. The government sector is always inefficient so we must create an environment for the businesses that will create the jobs.

I do not disagree with some of the points that she has made concerning spending money on training which will create jobs. Yes, it may create jobs but it will not create ever-lasting jobs.

All we hear from the NDP is that there are many unemployed and we should be spending money to create jobs. I differ on that. The spending of money is not going to create jobs.

Some of the proposals which were just mentioned may create jobs and may be necessary. It is not going to make a big dent in the unemployment rate. I share the view that we should bring the unemployment rate down. Our fundamental difference is that the NDP is asking for spending and we are not. We are asking for a climate to create jobs.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Supply
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October 21, 1997

Mr. Deepak Obhrai (Calgary East, Ref.)

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to acknowledge and commend the countless volunteers who unselfishly devote their time and energy to making their communities a better place to live.

These volunteers ask for nothing in return. As a result of their efforts, dedication and commitment to their communities, their friends and their families enjoy a high quality of life that has become the envy of the world.

I cannot stress strongly enough that these volunteers are a sense of pride for all Canadians. I therefore take great pride in acknowledging the following community associations in my riding: Abbeydale, Albert Park/Radisson Heights, Applewood Park, Calgary Marlborough, Crossroads, Dover, Erin Woods, Forest Heights, Forest Lawn, Inglewood, Marlborough Park, Millican Ogden, Penbrooke Meadows and Southview.

Our heartfelt thanks goes out to all these community association volunteers. Their commitment has not gone unnoticed and is very much appreciated.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Volunteers
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October 7, 1997

Mr. Deepak Obhrai (Calgary East, Ref.)

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-241, an act to amend the Immigration Act (right of landing fee).

Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure to introduce my private member's bill in the House today. This bill amends the Immigration Act to prevent the assessment of the right of landing fee on immigrants in addition to the application fee. This will prevent economic discrimination against immigrants from low income countries which may be caused by such fees.

Canada is a land of immigrants and the current right of landing fee placed on people coming to Canada in addition to their application fee is discriminatory and regressive.

This practice goes against our history and against our vision of our country. Almost everyone can trace their roots back to immigrants and even today immigrants continue to play an important role in Canada's development.

This bill is a step in returning Canada back to its vision regarding immigrants. This bill was introduced in the second session of the 35th Parliament and I hope that members of the House will seriously consider the bill's intent and purpose.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Immigration Act
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