Deepak Obhrai

Deepak Obhrai

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

AGE: 66

MP for Calgary Forest Lawn, Alta.

Former parliamentary secretary for foreign affairs and international cooperation.

First elected to Parliament in 1997 (Reform).


  • Establishment of a “Community-driven Centre with appropriate funding to exclusively address the threat of home-grown terrorism.”
  • Emphasis on immigration as a positive strength for Canada, opposed to values screening. Annual target of 275,000, with a new category of low-skilled workers, and less reliance on temporary foreign workers and government sponsorship for refugees.
  • Opposed to Michael Chong’s Reform Act
  • Balanced budget and support for national defence
  • Opposed to national price on carbon, favours nuclear waste fuel as alternative energy source
  • Independent task force on the CBC’s future
  • Raise OAS premiums at the same rate as MP salaries
  • Canadian government should spend more to attract tourists



CPAC talked to Obhrai at the 2016 Conservative convention — including a candid assessment of Kevin O’Leary: