World Sikh Organization Welcomes Passport Canada Apology

    OTTAWA, Aug. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - The Word Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO)
welcomes the announcement by Passport Canada that they will be offering an
apology and issuing travel documents to the Sidhu family of Surrey, British
Columbia. The Sidhu children's passport applications had been rejected due to
the wearing of Sikh religious head-gear.
    The WSO also is pleased to learn that Passport Canada officials will be
given remedial training to ensure an incident like this is not repeated in the
future. The WSO has worked with a number departments for training their staff,
and offers its assistance to Passport Canada to impart proper training about
    WSO Canada President, Gurpreet Singh Bal, said today, "This is what makes
Canada great. A mistake was made and once it came to the attention of the
authorities, it was quickly corrected. We as Canadians have the opportunity to
live in the most multicultural country in the world and learning about the
different religious and cultural practices is an ongoing process for all of
us. As long as we keep learning and respecting our differences, there is no
problem we can't overcome."

For further information:

For further information: Maj(retd.) Jasbeer Singh, Media Relations,
(780) 457-3333, Cell. (780) 235-6000,; Gian Singh Sandhu,
(250) 305-2440,

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