Rock legend Paul Rodgers becomes full-blown Canuck in Surrey

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      He's been living quietly in the Surrey/White Rock area for more than a decade now--and more recently bought another place in the Okanagan--but rock legend Paul Rodgers has finally made an honest Canuck of himself.

      The bluesy crooner--whose career includes huge hits with British rock acts such as Free ("All Right Now") and Bad Company ("Can't Get Enough"), and a gig fronting Queen a few years back--was sworn in as a Canadian citizen at a public ceremony in Surrey last Friday.

      In a press statement the 61-year-old vocalist and songwriter paid his respects to the Great White North and gave a shout-out to his wife.

      "It may not be my native land," he said, "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 wife, your former Miss Canada Cynthia Kereluk, a new and 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'm proud to be a Canuck. Thank you, merci."

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      Oct 27, 2011 at 3:15pm

      Welcome to Canada Mr Rodgers - maybe you can pass along some of super rocking genes to Canadians - we have been short some of late....

      Carl Spackler

      Oct 29, 2011 at 1:34am

      whoa. that is fucking cool. Now how about a local gig where he plays only Free and Bad Co songs. Remember Wild Fire Woman Newt? He can stay tax free if he will play that song @ like the Fairview Pub or something.

      Steve Newton

      Oct 29, 2011 at 1:52am

      you bet, Spacklemeister. and if he does "Good Lovin' Gone Bad" or "Evil Wind" I'll pay his freakin' taxes!

      Plum Duff

      Mar 18, 2012 at 3:06pm

      Welcome (officially) Paul!

      Been so glad to have you here, and finally recognized.

      Rock on.

      Andrée Clair

      Feb 14, 2014 at 11:13pm

      I just read yesterday about you and Cynthia are living in BC. Welcome to our friendly world Paul. Congratulation! Now a Canadian citizen. From Moncton, New Brunswick. You and Cynthia are welcomed to visit the Maritimes. Nice beaches we have. Loved your music since Free days. Sorry if there is some mistake but I am a french lady but love english music. Deedee