Forest Lawn MP Obhrai, running for Conservative leader, says diversity crucial for Canada

As he pursues the leadership of the federal Conservatives, veteran Calgary MP Deepak Obhrai says he’s worried about anti-immigrant sentiment potentially growing within both Canada and the party.
Obhrai filed his papers this week to officially become a leadership candidate, just as the Tory party has been gripped by a debate over fellow candidate Kellie Leitch’s suggestion immigrants and refugees could be screened for anti-Canadian values.
In an interview Thursday, the Calgary Forest Lawn MP said he fears the party is repeating the mistakes of the 2015 election, when issues such as a proposed “barbaric cultural practices” tip line — championed by Leitch — depicted the party as an unwelcoming place for minorities.  
“I am very much concerned,” said Obhrai, who was born in Tanzania and also lived in India and the United Kingdom before immigrating to Canada in the 1970s. 
“This is again a negative message going out.”
Obhrai said …
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