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Food and Drugs Act  Mr. Speaker, when I first came to Parliament, I went to Doha for a WTO meeting, called the Doha Round. There was a huge number of countries in the WTO. This was going to be the agreement that would open up trade around the world. Unfortunately, all of that optimism slowly dissipa

September 20th, 2016House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

Food and Drugs Act  Mr. Speaker, the hon. member did ask me a good question, but I thought the answer would have been “thank you very much”. However, he has asked me to elaborate. The most important thing in Bill C-13 is that it would take away the red tape. There is a great amount of red tape in i

September 20th, 2016House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

Food and Drugs Act  Mr. Speaker, it is a pleasure to rise in the House to speak to this bill for the important reasons I will outline in my speech. First, let me say that I started in the House 19 years ago next to the curtain and I am right back beside the curtain, starting another journey. Comin

September 20th, 2016House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

International Development  Mr. Speaker, the Official Development Assistance Accountability Act of 2003, first proposed by a Liberal, states specifically that it is for poverty reduction, human rights, and the promotion of democracy. The Prime Minister's envoy to the United Nations recently declared that fo

June 14th, 2016House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, it has always been a great pleasure all these years when I rise and through my magic wand say, let us see your watch as 5:30 p.m..

June 9th, 2016House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, the Conservative government sent in a robust miliary force to fight ISIL and one of the most effective ways to fight it was the air strikes. When we were in government our trainers were over there. We still strongly believe that the air strikes were the most effectiv

June 9th, 2016House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, the NDP is good at putting amendments forward to any motion that comes here. I do not know why that party could not put forward an amendment to this motion and say it would approve the motion. I am very sure that all members would agree to it. If the member felt ther

June 9th, 2016House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the member for working with Kurds in his riding and for being a part of the parliamentary association. Many of them are also my friends. It is terrible. We need to send the strongest possible message not only to these groups but to the ones who are c

June 9th, 2016House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I am once again rising in the House to debate this topic. I do not know how many times I have spoken on this subject, both when I was in government and now. During the time of the Conservative government when ISIL came onto the scene, we joined the coalition because

June 9th, 2016House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and I debated in the House quite a lot on the issue of ISIL and the engagement of Canada, when he was in the opposition and I was on that side. Therefore, for him to now get up and get really angry, he should not be getting angry. Ho

June 9th, 2016House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

Spring Festival  Mr. Speaker, it is a great honour for me to rise up during spring and talk about the spring festival. As Canadians, we all love festivals. Most of our festivals, due to the weather, are in summer. We should not forget the traditions that have come from other parts of the world t

June 1st, 2016House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

Spring Festival  Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the hon. member for bringing this motion in front of the House. Indeed, he can count on our support for this motion. It is a great motion for spring festival. It is a great way to celebrate the Asian heritage. During my speech, I will allude to the bi

June 1st, 2016House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

International Development  Mr. Speaker, the Liberals are all over the place on international development. The minister has launched yet another review and another consultation to determine how Canada can refocus its international assistance. On one hand, the Liberals say they are reviewing the system, but

May 30th, 2016House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

Privilege  Mr. Speaker, yes, it did look like it was an assault. It was something in the House of Commons that never should have taken place. When touching anybody, intentionally or unintentionally, one has to be responsible for their actions. For the Prime Minister to go out there and pul

May 19th, 2016House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

Privilege  Mr. Speaker, I want to thank my colleague for what she said about coming to Canada. Thousands and thousands have come to Canada, including myself. This is a land of immigrants. Yesterday started as a great day, with the apology to the South Asian community on the ills of the pas

May 19th, 2016House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative