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Deepak Obhrai

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Obhrai in 2017
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Calgary East
In office
June 2, 1997 – October 19, 2015
Preceded by Riding created
Succeeded by riding redistributed
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Calgary Forest Lawn
In office
October 19, 2015 – August 2, 2019
Preceded by Riding created
Succeeded by TBA
Official Opposition Critic for International Development
In office
November 20, 2015 – July 12, 2016
Leader Rona Ambrose
Preceded by Hélène Laverdière
Succeeded by Dean Allison
Personal details
Born (1950-07-05)July 5, 1950
Oldeani, Tanganyika
(now Oldeani, Tanzania)
Died August 2, 2019(2019-08-02) (aged 69)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Political party Conservative
Other political
Reform Party, Canadian Alliance
Spouse(s) Neena Obhrai (until 2019, his death)
Occupation Businessman, politician

Deepak Obhrai PC (July 5, 1950 – August 2, 2019) was a Tanzania-born Canadian politician. He represented the riding of Calgary East (until 2015) and Forest Lawn (from 2015) for the Reform Party of Canada and then the Conservative Party of Canada from 1997 until his death in 2019.

Obhrai was the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs. He was the first and only Hindu to become an MP in Canada, and at the time of his death was the longest continuously-serving Conservative MP.

He ran in the 2017 Conservative Party of Canada leadership election, but was defeated in the first round of voting.

Obhrai died in Calgary on August 2, 2019 from liver cancer, aged 69.

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