Ottawa, December 20, 2013 — Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander today announced that Jeannot Volpé has been appointed for a three-year part-time term as a Citizenship Judge for Fredericton, New Brunswick.
Jeannot Volpé has contributed in countless ways to the community, province and country throughout his career in public service. A long-time Member of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick, he held numerous cabinet posts and served as Leader of the Official Opposition in the province. He has also dedicated his time to supporting a strong and vibrant agricultural industry in the province, serving on the boards of numerous agricultural organizations including the New Brunswick Pork Producers Association, the Canadian Pork Council and the Provincial French Federation of Farmers.
Citizenship judges are responsible for making decisions on citizenship applications, presiding over citizenship ceremonies and administering the oath of citizenship to new citizens.
Citizenship judges are appointed by the Governor in Council on the recommendation of the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. New appointees are chosen from a list of qualified candidates who have gone through rigorous screening, including a written exam, reference check and oral interview. Candidates for citizenship judge appointments are evaluated against the skills required by the position: information-seeking, judgment/analytical thinking, decision making, effective communication, cross-cultural sensitivity, leadership, self-confidence, self-control and writing ability.
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