Calgary, Alberta , Canada
|| July 05, 1950
May 03, 2017 10:06pm
|Info||Deepak Obhrai was born in Tanzania and attended school in Tanzania, India and the United Kingdom. He graduated as an Air Traffic Controller in the UK and worked at airports all over East Africa. After immigrating to Canada in 1977, Mr. Obhrai began doing accounting for the City of Calgary and took an interest in business. He became part owner of three local businesses and owner of a company formed to explore joint venture opportunities in the overseas markets. The Obhrai family quickly made Canada their home and Deepak became heavily involved in his community, acting as president of the India – Canada Association, Monterey Community Association and the Hindu Society of Calgary. He was also Vice-President of the National Indo/Canadian council. |
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 has since held a number of senior critic positions in the shadow cabinet, including that of International Trade, International Cooperation and Multiculturalism. He has served on a variety of committees, such as the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade and the Sub Committee on Human Rights and International Development.
As part of his duties, Deepak Obhrai has traveled to many nations as a representative of Canada. Most recently Mr. Obhrai participated in trade missions to India, China, Japan and the United Arab Emirates. Other Canadian delegations he participated in include: attending a meeting of African Development Bank directors; World Trade Organization negotiations in Seattle and Doha; and the 59th United Nations Commission on Human Rights in Geneva.
In the 38th Parliament, Mr. Obhrai’s responsibilities include: Critic for Multiculturalism; Critic for International Trade Emerging Markets; and Member of the Heritage Committee.
Mr. Obhrai also chairs an Outreach Committee for the Conservative Party of Canada, a campaign to strengthen dialogue between multicultural communities and the Conservative Party.
Deepak Obhrai and his wife, Neena, have two daughters, one son and one son-in-law.