Hon. Deepak Obhrai, M.P. and Prime Minister Stephen Harper unveil Canada’s first-ever Diwali stamps at the 11th National Diwali Celebration in Ottawa in October 2011.(Ottawa) Hon. Deepak Obhrai, P.C., M.P. today made the following statement: “I am delighted that Canada Post and India Post today jointly issued two stamps to celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights. I commend them for this initiative, done in the year of Canada’s 150th anniversary. The first-ever Diwali stamps issued in Canada were unveiled by myself and Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2011, at the 11th National Diwali Celebration held in Ottawa. This year, at the 17th National Diwali Celebration on Parliament Hill on October 18th, I will be joined by Canada Post CEO Deepak Chopra and Indian High Commissioner Vikas Swarup to unveil the new stamps here in our nation’s capital. All are welcome to attend.” The 17th National Diwali Celebration on Parliament Hill will be held on October 18th 2017 at the Sir John A. McDonald Building Main Hall, Wellington Street, Ottawa starting at 6.30 p.m.