Minister Kenney announces citizenship judge reappointment

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Ottawa, June 15, 2012 — Robert Watt, LVO, has been reappointed as Citizenship Judge in Vancouver for a three-year term on a part-time basis, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today. The appointment will be effective on September 14, 2012, consecutive to Judge Watt’s current term.

Appointed Citizenship Judge in September 2009, Judge Watt is a Canadian social historian who served as the first Chief Herald of Canada from 1988-2007 in the Office of the Governor General and now holds the title of Rideau Herald Emeritus. He was previously Director of the Vancouver Museum, and the City of Vancouver Archivist.

Appointed Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO) in 2008, he is also an Officer of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John and received the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal and the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal. He took part in the recent Diamond Jubilee celebrations in London, sailing on the Thames launch Connaught with other heralds from across the Commonwealth in the Diamond Jubilee Regatta.

Judge Watt holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts from Carleton University.

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

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