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 5 of 371)


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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October 29, 2018

Hon. Deepak Obhrai (Calgary Forest Lawn, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I will be hosting the 18th national Diwali celebration on Parliament Hill tomorrow evening at the Sir John A. Macdonald Hall.

The success of this annual event is due to the full participation and support of temples, organizations and community members from across Canada. I will mention just a few of our long-standing supporters: BAPS Toronto, Lakshmi Narayan Mandir of Scarborough, the Hindu Bhajan Mandly of Calgary, the Bharat Mata Mandir of Brampton, the Canada India Foundation, RANA Canada, the Overseas Friends of India (Canada) and the India Canada Association of Montreal. With everyone's support, this year we have surpassed our budget with a healthy surplus.

I also acknowledge the support this event has received over the years from all my colleagues from all political parties.

Please join the community tomorrow to celebrate Diwali. I wish a happy Diwali to everyone.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Diwali
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October 4, 2018

Hon. Deepak Obhrai (Calgary Forest Lawn, CPC)

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-416, an act to designate the month of October as Hindu heritage month.

Mr. Speaker, I would first like to thank my colleague from Barrie—Innisfil for seconding this bill.

I rise today to introduce my private member's bill to designate the month of October of every year as Hindu heritage month. The bill recognizes the importance of the role played by Hindu Canadians in our country's multicultural social fabric and economic growth.

Hindus across the world celebrate significant festivals, such as Diwali, hosted here on Parliament Hill since 1998. It was in Ottawa when the first Diwali took place in the national legislature in the western world. I invite you, Mr. Speaker, on October 30, to please come to the 18th Diwali celebration.

By proclaiming the month of October as Hindu heritage month, the Government of Canada would recognize the contributions of Hindu Canadians as part of the success story that has made Canada the best country in the world.

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

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Hindu Heritage Month
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October 1, 2018

Hon. Deepak Obhrai (Calgary Forest Lawn, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, it is indeed my pleasure to rise and speak to this motion. I would like to thank the member for Scarborough Centre for bringing forward this motion, which all of us completely support.

Before I start, I would like to pay tribute to my former colleague, Senator Tobias Enverga, the first Filipino Canadian senator, who was ultimately dubbed the pride of the Philippines in this Parliament. We will continue to miss him.

For 21 years, the Filipino community in my riding has been my strongest supporter. I would like to mention to my hon. colleague that she forgot to mention Calgary when she mentioned every other city. We have a very dynamic community in Calgary, and I have been lucky enough to be honoured and privileged to have this strong support. As a matter of fact, I am considered an honorary Filipino in my community.

I would like to recognize a few of the great Filipinos in my riding who have supported and continue working for the community: Ernie Amante; Elvie Valeroso; Roselyn Bernardo; Bill Bernardo; Melba Buenaventura; and most important, the Diamond Seniors Club, which every year hosts a lot of festivals for seniors. I am always honoured and privileged to be invited to its functions. As everyone has said unanimously in this House, every time a Filipino festival is held, it is full of joy and laughter.

Let me say, as my hon. colleague mentioned, that in 2015, the Filipino community became the largest community of permanent residents in this country. As a matter of fact, when I accompanied former prime minister Harper on his visit to the Philippines, he mentioned that Tagalog is the fastest-growing language in Canada.

As I have stated, the Filipino contribution to our country is immense, and we are extremely happy that it forms a part of the great multi-ethnic mosaic of Canada.

I made two other visits to the Philippines during my tenure as the parliamentary secretary for Foreign Affairs. One of the most notable events I want to bring to members' attention is that there is a community housing project called Telus-GK Village, just outside Manila. It is funded by the Telus Corporation, which is a telecommunications company. It is a great Canadian corporation involved in development projects. I have been to this village, and I see great happiness and children enjoying the facilities Telus has provided.

In 2012, CAE, another great Canadian success story, from Montreal, built an aircraft simulator for Cebu airlines. I had the opportunity to be at the opening ceremony with former president Aquino. We put a time capsule there to be opened in 100 years' time, and my name is there as Canada's representative. As I like telling my Filipino supporters, I am in the soil of the Philippines for the next 100 years.

As I said, we can look anywhere in Canada, in rural Alberta and elsewhere, and we will find Filipino workers. They are recognized as the best workers. During my visit to the Philippines, many Canadian companies were there recruiting Filipinos to come to work. They are hard-working people. I personally have this knowledge, because I have assisted many of them with their permanent residency in our country, and I will continue to do that. Aside from the fact that they make a great contribution, and examples have been given of their hard work and success, they form part of our multi-ethnic country.

Being an honorary Filipino, I always find it a pleasure to go to their festivals. It is great to see the people dancing and singing and the great Filipino culture. Their personalties have great warmth. They embrace the rest of the world, which is a strength of this country. This is why everywhere around the world, whether it is the Middle East, southeast Asia or Hong Kong, Filipinos are some of the most coveted workers. They have come to Canada as nannies. They now come and work in the service industry. Around the world, Filipinos are always welcomed as workers because of their strength.

When I was visiting the Philippines, its minister said that Filipinos living overseas are some of the greatest contributors back to their own country to help develop it, and after its independence, it continues to develop.

The Philippines is also a great partner of Canada in the ASEAN. I attended the ASEAN conference in the Philippines and have seen the contributions made by the Philippines around the world. On many occasions, we have had the opportunity to meet its foreign minister to talk to him about the United Nations.

We are extremely honoured and delighted that Filipinos make such a great contribution to our country. I could go on naming what they have done and continue to do in building our country, and for that I would like to thank this great community very much. I am honoured and privileged to have the title of honorary Filipino in my riding and to have had their support 21 years ago when I first started on this political journey. For that I am very grateful to them.

I want to thank the member for Scarborough Centre for bringing this motion forward. I think there will be unanimous consent for this motion in the House for their great contribution.

Topic:   Private Members' Business
Subtopic:   Filipino Heritage Month
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September 18, 2018

Hon. Deepak Obhrai

Madam Speaker, I remember when my colleague on the other side was sitting over here. The Conservatives were in government. We were talking about the trade agenda. It was the Conservative government that was proposing the agenda very strongly. When the member was sitting over here, I remember him opposing all of those things and saying to go slow. Today, he is standing up blustering about what the Liberals are doing. I can say that when he was in opposition, he never supported the trade agenda that he is now talking about and that he is going to fight for.

It is great that we are here today. My party is supporting it. I am glad the member's party is supporting it. I say to my friends in the NDP, the TPP is good for Canada.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership Implementation Act
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