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Export and Import Permits Act  Madam Speaker, it is a pleasure for me to rise to speak to this bill put forward by the Liberal government. During my tenure as parliamentary secretary to the minister of foreign affairs, I spoke many times to this bill on behalf of the government, and today I will speak about wh

September 21st, 2017House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

Questions Passed as Orders for Return  With regard to handling of the grievance process relating to Phoenix by government departments: (a) how many grievances have been filed since May 2016; (b) how many Full-Time Equivalents have been added per department to manage grievances; (c) how much has been paid in overtime t

June 16th, 2017House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

Questions Passed as Orders for Return  With regard to Satellite Pay Centres across Canada, broken down by pay centre: (a) how much has been spent in total on each of the centres; and (b) of the amount in (a), how much has been spent on (i) salaries, (ii) building rental and lease costs, (iii) employee travel, (iv) ove

June 16th, 2017House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir  Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the 10th anniversary of the magnificent BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Toronto. It is Canada's first traditional hand-carved Hindu place of worship. On the 22nd of July, 2007, the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir was inaugurated and dedicated to

June 7th, 2017House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

Natural Resources  Mr. Speaker, energy is a very vital sector for the Canadian economy. It provides jobs from coast to coast to coast. As a matter of fact, it puts food on the tables of all Canadians. We are now having forces come up that are going to obstruct this energy sector, put roadblocks to

June 2nd, 2017House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

Natural Resources  Mr. Speaker, there is evidence and facts also of a litany of broken promises by the Liberal government. This is about jobs. Let me repeat that very clearly. This is about jobs. This is about putting food on the table. It is very important that the Liberal government go to Britis

June 2nd, 2017House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

Ramadan  Mr. Speaker, this is the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. From now until June 24, most of the world's 1.6 billion Muslims will be observing Ramadan and will fast every day from dawn until sunset. For people of the Islamic faith, Ramadan is a time of deep spiritual awakening, prayer

May 31st, 2017House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

Natural Resources  Mr. Speaker, unemployed Canadians want to get back to work and support their families. The natural resources of Alberta have to get to the international market. Canadians are very concerned that British Columbia politics may hinder the Trans Mountain project. We know the Prime Mi

May 30th, 2017House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

Natural Resources  Mr. Speaker, we have been in this Parliament, hearing from the Liberals about helping the national economy. We know they give good words, but on jobs and taxes it remains that you have broken so many promises. Our concern and the concern of Canadians is whether you will keep this

May 30th, 2017House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I just want to warn you that I am going to be speaking in my second language. If you seek it, I think you will find unanimous consent to see the clock at 5:30 p.m.

February 23rd, 2017House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I seek unanimous consent to see the clock as 5:30 p.m.

February 16th, 2017House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

Business of Supply  When I participated in the debate in Quebec City, I tried very hard to speak French. A lot of people had a lot of comments on that, so I am going to try one more time to speak in French. Mr. Speaker, if you seek it, I think you will find unanimous consent to see the clock at 5:3

February 2nd, 2017House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

Questions Passed as Orders for Returns  With regard to government expenditures on media monitoring and all such contracts which have been in place on or since November 4, 2015: what are the details of all spending, broken down by each department and agency, including (i) the nature, (ii) the scope, (iii) the duration,

November 14th, 2016House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

Canada Pension Plan  Madam Speaker, we had consultations, out of which we came up with the pooled retirement pension plan to allow others to join a pension plan. The Canada pension plan is a unique pension plan. It was brought in to ensure that it was one way of retirement, but not the only way. Th

November 14th, 2016House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

Canada Pension Plan  Madam Speaker, I have stated time after time that there are different ways to look at it. Yes, seniors are suffering and nobody denies that. However, there are ways to look at it, to address those seniors who are facing hardship. Not all seniors are facing it, but for those who a

November 14th, 2016House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative