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OTTAWA, August 11, 2005 — The Honourable Joe Volpe, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, today announced the appointment of a new citizenship judge.

Dr. Shinder P.S. Purewal is a respected academic and author in Surrey, British Columbia. Since obtaining his PhD in Political Science from Queen’s University in 1998, he has been a professor and lecturer at Simon Fraser University, Kwantlen University College, the University of British Columbia, the University of Victoria and Queen’s University. He has also been a research associate at the Simon Fraser University Institute of Governance Studies and at the Centre for Indian and South Asian Research at the University of British Columbia. Judge Purewal has served on many boards, including those of the Progressive Inter-Cultural Services Society of Vancouver and Surrey, and the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute. He was also a member of the editorial board of the Punjab Journal of Politics. Judge Purewal was appointed citizenship judge in Surrey.

Citizenship judges are appointed by order-in-council and are responsible for making decisions with regard to applications, presiding over citizenship ceremonies and administering the oath of citizenship to new citizens.


For more information:

Stephen Heckbert
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
(613) 954-1064