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TORONTO: Deepak Obhrai, senior-most Indo-Canadian MP and parliamentary secretary, was on Thursday appointed to the Privy Council for Canada.
sworn in as and Today Governor General David Johnston, on the advice of the Prime Minister Rt. Hon Stephen Harper, appointed the Hon. Deepak Obhrai to Her Majesty’s Privy Council for Canada.
Obhrai was sworn in for his new role by Governor General David Johnston at a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. Prime Minister Stephen Harper and foreign affairs minister John Baird were present at the ceremony.
Harper said Obhrai’s appointment to the Privy Council was “in recognition of his many years of public service as Member of Parliament and in promoting the Governments foreign affairs agenda internationally as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs.”
Lauding Obhrai, foreign affairs minister John Baird added, “I have worked with Deepak for many years, first as a fellow Parliamentarian, then as my Parliamentary Secretary. He has served Canada with distinction both here at home and abroad, and I look forward to continuing to work with him.”
Obhrai said, “This is indeed an honor and I want to thank the Prime Minister for appointing me to this prestigious council.”
The Prime Minister said Obhrai has also been named Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and for International Human Rights.
Tanzania-born Obhrai is the senior-most Indian-origin MP in Canada. He was first elected to the House of Commons in 1997. He represents the Calgary East constituency or riding in the Canadian parliament.