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Hon. Deepak Obhrai, PC, MP passes away of cancer

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For Immediate Release                                                              August 3, 2019

(OTTAWA) Hon. Deepak Obhrai, Member of Parliament for Calgary Forest Lawn and Dean of the Conservative Caucus has passed away last night after a brief and aggressive battle with liver cancer. He passed away peacefully in Calgary surrounded by his family.

Hon. Obhrai was diagnosed a few weeks prior with stage 4 liver cancer in Calgary.

As Dean of the Conservative Caucus, Hon. Obhrai was also the Conservative Party’s nominated candidate in the riding of Calgary Forest Lawn, which he represented in Ottawa since 1997. This was going to be his 8th federal election that he was due to contest. In the current parliament he contested the Leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada, sending a strong message to ethnic communities that the CPC was open to all Canadians.

Hon. Deepak Obhrai holds the honors of being the longest-serving Parliamentary Secretary to a Minister of Foreign Affairs in Canadian history, and also the longest-serving Indo-Canadian MP in Parliament.

Born and raised in Tanzania, Africa, Hon. Obhrai studied on 3 continents before settling in Calgary with his family in 1977. More biographical details can be found at https://deepakobhrai.com/bio/ . For a full list of Awards and Recognitions that he received, please consult https://deepakobhrai.com/awards-and-recognitions-3/

Hon. Obhrai was a devoted husband to his wife Neena, loving father to Priti, Kaajal, and Amman, and adoring grandfather to Davin Jacob and Evasha.

Messages of condolence can be sent by mail to the parliamentary office in Ottawa and email (deepak.obhrai@parl.gc.ca).

Books of condolence will be available for signing at the constituency and parliamentary offices.

Details for the funeral arrangements for the Hon. Deepak Obhrai will be announced shortly.

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For more information, please contact

The Office of Hon. Deepak Obhrai, P.C., M.P. at (613) 947-4566

or by email at Deepak.obhrai@parl.gc.ca

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