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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

Privilege  Mr. Speaker, as most of my colleagues in this House know, I am one of the longest serving members in this Parliament. During that period of time, I have been in the opposition, in the government, and now back in the opposition. What is more important is that during all this perio

May 19th, 2016House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

Maternal and Child Health  Mr. Speaker, this week, we mark the international maternal, newborn, and child health week. Maternal, newborn, and child health was made Canada's top international development priority by our Conservative government. Through the MNCH initiative, we supported micronutrient progr

May 17th, 2016House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, it is very important to listen to Canadians. Committees do that. It is great when they come back. The committee is already out there doing that. The committee will come back with recommendations, and the recommendation will be to move forward with adjustments here

May 12th, 2016House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

Business of Supply  Let me get it straight, Madam Speaker. The member just paid a great tribute to former prime minister Paul Martin for balancing the budget, for getting it right. What is wrong with his government which is now going into deficit? Why is his party not willing to take any lessons fro

May 12th, 2016House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, we expect some people not to agree with the TPP. However, the best example is NAFTA. When NAFTA was being negotiated, the Liberals and her party fought against it. The ultimate result is that we all agree NAFTA is a benefit for Canada. That should answer her questi

May 12th, 2016House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I will be sharing my time with my colleague from Oshawa. It is a pleasure to speak on the motion. Before I start, I want to thank my colleague, the member for Abbotsford, who worked diligently on this file. We were in Bali together, along with the former prime min

May 12th, 2016House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

Budget Implementation Act, 2016, No. 1  Madam Speaker, very briefly, it means higher taxes, more GST, a bigger burden on taxpayers, and a regressive economy.

May 10th, 2016House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative