Friday, July 24, 2009

Deepak Obhrai - parliamentary secretary to foreign affairs

"Deepak Obhrai, the parliamentary secretary to foreign affairs, visited ABOUSFIAN ABDELRAZIK in Sudan in March 2008, a consular official told him he would have to answer questions on his views on 9/11, Israel, Osama bin Laden and Hamas in exchange for help returning to Canada."

Toronto Star, Jul 24, 2009

Article HERE:

Obhrai was born in July 5, 1950 in Oldeani, Tanzania.
He represents the riding of Calgary East for the Conservative Party of Canada. He is currently serving as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Canada.[1]

He was first elected in 1997 for the Reform Party of Canada, and was re-elected when the Reform Party became the Canadian Alliance in 2000. In 2004 and 2006 he was elected as a member of the Conservative Party of Canada. He was also one of four Alliance MPs who agreed to sit with the Progressive Conservative caucus after the December 9, 2003 creation of the merged Conservative Party, as the Progressive Conservative and Canadian Alliance parliamentary caucuses were not officially merged until a few weeks later.

Obhrai is a former businessman. He is a past president of the India-Canada Association, the Monterey Community Association and the Hindu Society of Calgary, and Vice-President of the National Indo/Canadian Council.

Reference: Parliament of Canada Biography at:

Deepak Obhrai in the news:

See also - Deepak Obhrai explains why Omar Khadar is not a child soldier:

"At one point, Deepak Obhrai, the parliament secretary for foreign affairs, ventures this explanation as to why his government doesn’t consider Khadr a child soldier.

As I have said, the opposition members have been raising issues here about child soldiers and Canada’s human rights record. As I stated in my intervention with the Bloc, I was in Burundi where I met child soldiers and looked into their eyes. I can tell members that the reason those guys were child soldiers was economic. It was not a war on terrorism. What we are facing out here was not based on ideology." [retrieved July 24, 2009]