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‘He was like a brother to me’: colleagues reflect on death of long-serving Conservative MP Deepak Obhrai

By Nina Russell      

First elected in 1997 as a member of the Reform Party, Calgary MP Deepak Obhrai became the first Hindu MP in the House of Commons, and was said to have 'been able to see the humanity beyond the politics,' according to caucus colleague Stephanie Kusie.

First elected in 1997 as a member of the Reform Party, Mr. Obhrai became the first Hindu MP in the House of Commons, and was said to have "been able to see the humanity beyond the politics," according to caucus colleague Stephanie Kusie. The Hill Times file photograph

Conservative MP Deepak Obhrai, who died last week after a brief battle with cancer, is remembered by his colleagues as a man “who took his job very seriously, but never took himself too seriously” and who “recognized humanity beyond the politics.”

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News|By Neil Moss
The United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand were among 17 countries that wouldn't comment on whether they backed Canada's recent bid for a Security Council seat.

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Justice advocates agree with the Black Parliamentary Caucus’ recent call for pre-sentencing reports, similar to the Gladue reports for Indigenous offenders, to be used for racialized Canadians.

Canada needs to protect Arctic sovereignty to confront emboldened Putin, say MP and expert

News|By Neil Moss
Liberal MP John McKay says there will be 'incursions and intrusions and aggressive actions taken increasingly in the Arctic' by Russia.

New order granting diplomatic privileges to African Union officials a ‘positive step,’ say former diplomats

The timing of the new status order—coming days before countries, including the 55 AU member nations, voted on Canada’s bid for the UN Security Council seat—is notable, say former diplomats.

StatsCan to share monthly death data, says official

News|By Palak Mangat
'We will not be able to make a determination as to whether those deaths were the result of something, but other analysts might be able to look at those questions,' says Jeff Latimer of Statistics Canada.

Next Conservative leader must stop internal sniping before it becomes a ‘cancer’ that will destroy the party, say political insiders

News|By Abbas Rana
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House staff say remote voting app could be ready by September

News|By Palak Mangat
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Stalled Liberal agenda awaits fall return of Parliament

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