Canadians: Cruz Welcome to Cut Ties

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Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, speaks at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 30, 2013.

It’s easy to stop being a Canadian.

That’s what the Canadians say.

They’re somewhat confused about Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas saying he has retained counsel to help him renounce is Maple Leaf credentials.

The son of an American woman and Cuban man who was born in Canada claims the U.S. citizenship that comes with his maternal line — and is a constitutional requirement for election as president of the United States — but is looking to clear the Canadian documents from his potential path in 2016. Getting right with Donald Trump and friends, perhaps.


The Texan vowed months ago to forfeit his Canadian citizenship by the end of  2013. Here is is 2014, and the Calgary-born champion of the Tea Party in the U.S. is still a dual citizen.

“I have retained counsel that is preparing the paperwork to  renounce the citizenship,” the junior senator from Texas, eyeing a run for president in 2016, said in a recent interview  with the Dallas Morning News.

He didn’t dispute holding dual citizenship: “Not at this  point,” Cruz told the paper.

This goes back to August, actually.


The delay is confounding Canadian immigration lawyers, the Canadian Press news agency reports from Ottawa. “Renouncing  Canadian citizenship, they say, is a simple, quick and  straightforward process — there’s even an online, four-page PDF  form on the Government of Canada website to get the ball rolling  without the help of lawyers.

“Unless there’s a security issue that hasn’t been disclosed, unless there’s a mental health issue that hasn’t been disclosed, there’s no reason for anything other than a lickety-split process to occur,” Richard Kurland, a Vancouver-based  immigration attorney, said in an interview today. “f he’s attempting to bring our system into disrepute by suggesting it’s lengthy and complex, it’s just not true.  evocation is one of the fastest processes in our system.” S

Stephen Green, an immigration lawyer in Toronto, is equally perplexed, telling Canadian Press: “It’s not complicated at all.”

“”They make sure you understand what you’re doing, that you’re not going to become a stateless person, and then you’re rock ‘n’ roll, and good to go,” Green said. “I would assume that if he’s retained counsel, this could have been done by now.”


Canada’s best-known citizenship renouncer, Conrad Black, said in an email that it “doesn’t take long” for the  evocation process to work.

He also suggested Cruz may come to regret the move.

“He’s making a mistake; he’ll never go higher in the U.S. electoral system than he is now, and Canada’s a better governed country than the U.S.,” said Black, who gave up his citizenship  in 2001 in order to accept a peerage in the British House of Lords.

Cruz, 43, was born in Calgary when his parents were working in the Canadian oil business. His mother, Eleanor, is a native-born American, while his father, Rafael, is a Cuban who didn’t become a U.S. citizen until 2005. Under U.S. law, a child born to an American parent gets  automatic citizenship even if the birthplace is beyond U.S. borders. Canada, like the United States, also gives automatic citizenship to anyone born on its soil.

There’s always that mayoral race in Toronto coming up.


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