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NRI Deepak Obhrai, Canada’s longest-serving Conservative MP, dies at 69

The first Hindu politician elected to Canada’s House of Commons and the longest-serving Conservative MP — has died of liver cancer at the age of 69 in Calgary, Canada.
The Calgary Forest Lawn MP for 22 years died following a “brief and aggressive” illness, his Parliamentary Office said. His family has described his sudden departure as a “big shock”. Obhrai was diagnosed with stage-4 cancer a few weeks prior to his death.



Parliamentary Secretary Obhrai Discusses Canada’s Leadership in Asia and Pacific Region

Ottawa, March 06, 2010

Deepak Obhrai, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, concluded five weeks of diplomatic engagement in Asia and the Pacific region. From January 15 to February 21, Mr. Obhrai met with elected and high-level officials of Kiribati, New Zealand, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu and Uzbekistan. .Read

Parliament congratulates Deepak Obhrai for prestigious Indian award

OTTAWA, Feb. 04, 2009

Canada’s Parliament today paid tribute to Deepak Obhrai, M.P. for Calgary East and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, for the award he received from the Indian Government for his contribution in strengthening Canada-India relations.......Read

NRI Deepak Obhrai, Conservative took oath as parliamentary secretary in Canada

Alberta, Nov 08, 2008
Satnam Bajwa

NRI Deepak Obhrai, Conservative took oath as parliamentary secretary in Canada to the Canadian new minister of foreign affairs, Mr. Lawrence Cannon.

Deepak Obhrai said, "I am honoured and privileged that the prime minister chose once again to reassign me to this portfolio."

Prime Minister Stephen Harper said, "Deepak, you know what to do. I know you will do a good job.”

Deepak has already served as parliamentary secretary to three former foreign ministers Peter MacKay, Maxime Bernier and David Emerson.

Obhrai, who has been parliamentary secretary to the foreign affairs minister since February 2006, is happy to remain in the portfolio. He said priorities include promoting human rights and democracy and ensuring Canada's voice is heard on the national stage.

Obhrai expects Ottawa's relationship with Washington will remain strong when president-elect Barack Obama enters the White House.

"One of the key things about the relationship with the U.S. is it is not a single-issue relationship. It's multi-faceted," Obhrai said.

"We share the same open borders. We share the same security concerns."

Role of a Parliamentary Secretary in Canada ...Read

  • October 14, 2008: Deepak Obhrai, Conservative, won his East Calgary seat at Canadian federal election.. He was a parliamentary secretary in the past government. He may be appointed minister in this govt. In Calgary East, 67 per cent of voters chose Deepak Obhrai. He has held on to his seat since first gaining office as a Reform party candidate in 1997.

  • Jan 23, 2006: Deepak Obhrai ----->Elected

NRI Deepak Obhrai elected 3RD TIME again
in 2004 as Member of Parliament from the Calgary

NRI press

Deepak Obhrai was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Calgary East in 1997. He was then re-elected in 2000 and 2004

Deepak Obhrai is a Calgary businessman and a former City of Calgary employee. He is the owner of a company formed to explore joint venture opportunities in the overseas markets. His wife gave up her business in Calgary to help him in the campaign. Obhrai is a full-time politician who has been senior critic for international affairs, a cabinet post in the Conservative Party. He has three children.

The "Punjabi Hindu", as he describes himself, was born in Tanzania and at 16, his mother packed off the impressionable youth to India to study at Daly College, Indore, Madhya Pradesh. But Obhrai lived with his 'masi', or maternal aunt, and gradually got used to the Indian way of life in two years.

He worked as a taxi driver and a bus operator, a labourer before going on to become a Conservative member of the Canadian parliament from Calgary, Alberta. Obhrai came to Canada in 1977, faced the trials and tribulations of a new immigrant. He faced discrimination when he first came to Canada.

He enrolled for an accountant's course and since then has fought against discrimination. Soon he and his wife Neena became the owners of three dry-cleaning businesses and two rental properties. In the 1990s, he became active in community affairs and entered politics.

Obhrai was a member of the Team Canada Trade Mission to India in January 1996, as a business delegate. He is involved with his community and is the past president of the India-Canada Association, Monterey Community Association and the Hindu Society of Calgary and Vice-President of the National Indo/Canadian Council.

Mr. Obhrai accompanied the Governor General on a State Visit to India and Pakistan (1998) and Africa, including Tanzania (1999) where he was born. Mr. Obhrai attended a meeting of African Development Bank directors in Cairo and acted as an election observer on behalf of the Government of Canada in Chiappas, Mexico. As International Trade critic, Mr. Obhrai participated in trade missions to Algeria, Argentina, Chile, China, India, Mexico, Morocco, Spain, Uruguay and Washington. He was also a member of the Canadian delegation that attended World Trade Organization negotiations in Seattle and Doha. Mr. Obhrai attended the 59th United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR), which was recently held in Geneva.

Mr. Obhrai also visited Southeast Asia and South Asia on a Foreign Affairs Committee tour to study the Canadian relationship with the Muslim World.

Mr. Obhrai just recently participated in a delegation with the Minister of International Cooperation for an international Afghanistan Conference in Berlin on 31 March and 1 April 2004. They joined more than 60 delegations - including all EU, G8 and NATO states, as well as Afghanistan's neighbours and other countries with a particular commitment to Afghanistan.



NRI Deepak Obhrai, Conservative, Tanzania-born, India-educated, elected Five-time MP

  • Deepak Obhrai was first elected to the House of Commons in 1997, and was re-elected in 2000 and 2004. Currently Mr. Obhrai serves as Critic for Multiculturalism and Critic for International Trade (Emerging Markets).
  • Mr. Obhrai is a former entrepreneur and public servant. He is the owner of Indo Canadian Enterprises, a company formed to explore joint venture opportunities in overseas markets.
  • Mr. Obhrai is deeply involved in the community. He is past President of the India-Canada Association, Monterey Community Association, Hindu Society of Calgary and past Vice-President of the National Indo/Canadian Council. Mr. Obhrai has also acted as an international election observer.
  • Mr. Obhrai and his wife Neena have three children. Mr. Obhrai speaks English, Hindi, Punjabi, and Swahili.