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 4 of 371)


November 26, 2018

Hon. Deepak Obhrai

Mr. Speaker, that is an excellent question from my colleague, who happens to also be an Alberta member of Parliament. That is a great question. It is simple and straightforward.

EI is a temporary solution. EI is not and has never been a permanent solution. We want permanent solutions. The permanent solution is straight and simple: jobs, jobs, jobs.

The government is talking about the economy doing well. The Liberals had a surplus, and what they did is they spent everything. The government has now created a situation where we are losing jobs across the country. Today we lost jobs in Ontario. Yesterday we lost jobs in Alberta. The Minister of Innovation got up during question period and tried to say how many jobs were created. That is a normal situation in a country. Nitpicking areas is not.

It is what has happened in Oshawa and what is happening in Alberta that is concerning. It is sending a message that the economic management by the government is a disaster for the country.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 2
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November 6, 2018

Hon. Deepak Obhrai (Calgary Forest Lawn, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, this bill aims to withdraw Quebec from the Canadian Multiculturalism Act.

To be absolutely clear, I have nothing in agreement with the Bloc Québécois. I do not agree with its philosophy. I do not agree with whatever it says because that party wants to take Quebec out of Canada. To put it simply and being straightforward, Quebec is part of Canada.

As I said in the House in May 2014, a Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian.

Whatever I heard the member say, Quebec society is very large. It is represented by other parties as well. They do not agree with the vision of the Bloc Québécois about Quebec being excluded. Rather, those members are looking at the past when they say that Quebec is changing.

Quebec is part of Canada and Canadian laws do apply. However, Quebec has also been given a lot of leeway. It is recognized that it has a lot of decentralization issues.

We respect the Quebec jurisdiction. However, when it comes to major issues like multiculturalism, which applies all across the country, I had the honour and privilege to go to Quebec during the leadership race. I spoke in French because I recognized that French was very important. I thoroughly enjoyed visiting Quebec. I love Quebec culture. I love the French culture there. I really enjoyed it and felt very proud that this culture was part of our larger mosaic, the Canadian culture, and part of our society.

Therefore, Quebec's culture and its French culture is a very important part of Canadian multicultural society. For my hon. colleague, indigenous Canadians are part of the multicultural society. They live in Quebec as well as a lot of other communities.

Indeed, I find it a little strange when it is said that because we have immigration coming here, we have a changing face of Canada. It is not only immigration that represents the changing face of Canada. Quebec is also changing as young Quebeckers leave and become more learned and multicultural within other countries. Quebec itself is probably like the rest of Canada.

To be very honest with members, Acadians in New Brunswick have their own thriving culture. There are francophones in Calgary, Alberta and they are thriving. Because we have this policy of multiculturalism, they can practice their own culture in Calgary and share it with us.

Therefore, I thoroughly oppose this bill because it makes it look like Quebec is not a part of Canada. I have always said, since coming to the House, that Quebec is part of Canada.

As a parliamentary secretary for foreign affairs, I have been all around the world. I have seen the great respect granted to Canada, and that includes Quebec. Also, Quebec ministers were part of the many journeys which I went on. There is immense respect given to Canada because of our ability to be together.

This bill is a dangerous precedent that says, “I will dictate”. No, it will not dictate; the law will dictate. The law says that every Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian and is equal.

Henceforth, taking that into account, I want to say to my colleagues in the Bloc Québécois that I do understand that they are now having a complete review of their party because they seem to have lost touch with Quebec society.

Nevertheless, I strongly encourage them to look at it. I also view them as Canadians. I respect their culture. I respect their language, but it is part of the multicultural mosaic that has been built in this country, which is a strength.

I find it very strange to hear the member say that multiculturalism is a weakness. That is wrong. Multiculturalism is our strength wherever we go. My former colleague the member for Beauce said extreme multiculturalism. There is no such thing as extreme multiculturalism in this country. Our laws give respect to every Canadian irrespective of what his or her religion is.

During the leadership race, one of the candidates raised the question of Canadian values, which we then questioned. What are Canadian values? They are evolving values. As Canada grows, we evolve, so Canadian values evolve, but they are still very strong. It is respect for everyone.

I must say to my colleague who has brought the bill before the House that honestly, they are moving backwards. They want to go back to the old days. Everybody would like to go back to the old days, but the old days are gone. They are gone the way of the dodo bird.

We all maintain our culture. We all maintain what we share with everyone else. Canada has room for everyone.

I say very strongly that I and my colleagues will oppose this legislation.

Topic:   Private Members' Business
Subtopic:   Canadian Multiculturalism Act
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November 1, 2018

Hon. Deepak Obhrai

Mr. Speaker, what is he talking about? The Conservative government brought down $40 billion of deficit and had a balanced budget when it left office, not $60 billion of deficit he is talking about. It was the Conservative government.

I remember the member sitting over there spouting all these things, and none of the ideas came through. Let me remind him of one thing. He used to say that there were too many pages in the budget implementation act. I remind him that right now the Liberals' budget implementation act is 800 pages long. What is he talking about? He should look in the mirror.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 2
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November 1, 2018

Hon. Deepak Obhrai

Mr. Speaker, this is a new member who came to the House three years ago, and he is trying to talk about our record 10 years ago. I do not know where he was in 2008 when the whole world went into a recession. We do not live on a separate island. It was because of our economic management that we did not have to bail banks out and survived that recession. It was through the good management of the Conservative government.

As I have said, the former Conservative trade minister is the one who led the groundwork for CETA and TPP, something the current government is now signing and trying to take credit for. The Conservative government did it, and the current government is reaping is based on what Conservatives did before it went into power. We are well known for managing our economy very well.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 2
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November 1, 2018

Hon. Deepak Obhrai

Mr. Speaker, my colleague raises a good point. We were there only a week ago. The oil industry and even the NDP Government of Alberta have said that Bill C-69 is a disaster for the country. We are talking about the NDP government, so does that not tell the current government that its Bill C-69 is an absolute disaster for this country? Those regulations would stifle the energy sector in this country.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 2
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