Original air date: March 2010
Catherine Clark talks to Conservative MP Deepak Obhrai about his life Beyond Politics. Conservative MP Deepak Obhrai took a long circuitous route before arriving in Ottawa in 1997 as the newly elected Reform MP for Calgary East, Alta. Raised by a single mom, Deepak was born in Tanzania and lived there until he was in his late teens, when he was sent to a private school in Indore, India. It was there where he met Neena, his future wife, and together they moved back to Tanzania and started a family. Political instability in the region created uncertainty in the Obhrai household and the family emigrated to Canada to seek a stable, secure home for their children. In Calgary, Deepak became very active in the Hindu community and ran provincially before attempting a run at federal politics. To the surprise of many, including himself, Deepak won the first time he ran in 1997.
Born into political life in Ottawa, Catherine Clark is no stranger to being in the public eye. As founding host of CPAC’s popular weekly television show Beyond Politics, Catherine interviews Members of Parliament, Premiers and people of influence to reveal the personal, human side of public life. Catherine is also a sought-after public speaker and emcee, and writes the “Giving Back” column for Ottawa at Home Magazine, profiling people who are improving the lives of their fellow citizens.