Thursday, October 27, 2011

Paul Rodgers becomes a Canadian citizen

Free/Bad Company/Firm/Queen rocker Paul Rodgers is now officially a Canuck, eh.

The Surrey Now reports the singer became a Canadian citizen in Surrey, British Columbia on Friday morning.

Rodgers was among dozens of people given Canadian citizenship during an hour-long ceremony at the Central City tower.

Reading from a lyric sheet, Rodgers led attendees in a version of 'O Canada' during the event.

"To be honest with you, I know most of the words (to O Canada), and I think I can get by," said Rodgers. "I don't know the English national anthem too well, either. I'll be doing my own version (laughs)."

Rodgers, who lives with his wife, Cynthia, at homes in the Crescent Beach area of Surrey and in Summerland, has called Canada home for some 14 years. "It may not be my native land, but Canada is surely now my home.”

"While I'll always be an Englishman, Canada has given me so much for which I am grateful: My beautiful wife, a former Miss Canada, a new extended family and the chance to be truly free in a country that, with its quiet strength, combines the best of so many worlds. I am proud to be a Canuck."

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Paul Rodgers - All Right Now
Canada AM – Toronto, ON - September 6, 2011

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