The Texas Republican senator and
Now, if the Cruz camp were really clever, it could argue that Calgary is just the Texas of Canada, what with the Calgary Stampede and all.
"Now the Dallas Morning News says I may technically have dual citizenship. Assuming that is true" -- I love that part, as if somehow there's a Canadian law carve-out just for him -- "I will renounce any Canadian citizenship. Nothing against Canada, but I'm an American by birth and a U.S. senator; I believe I should be only an American."
The process of rejecting the maple leaf forever requires four pages of paperwork and a $100 fee.
Being born somewhere other than in the physical United States did not bar the presidential candidacy of George
Liberal pundits are already gleeful about Cruz’s Canadian birth.
In vain, I searched the website of Cruz's hometown newspaper, the Calgary Herald, for some expressions of hurt that this man who spent the first four years of his life in Canada would be so quick to give up the legal standing that extends to him full status in our neighbor to the north -- even running for the Canadian parliament if this Senate thing didn't pan out.
But imagine the horrific scenarios that must have run through Cruz's mind when the full force of his Canadian self hit home. The taunts he figured would be coming his way in the Senate cloakroom: "Socialized medicine sissy!" The mutterings from diners as he campaigned at a Texas barbecue joint: "Gonna have a side of poutine with them ribs?" The question that he couldn't help asking himself as he sat with the TV changer wand in hand: "Why did I insist on buying a cable package with a curling channel?" And worst of all, as a fully fledged Canadian, he'd be expected to learn French.
I wonder whether Cruz is acting too hastily to de-Canadify himself.
It could be a singular advantage. If he were elected president, he’d own two-thirds of
But it does give him the perfect presidential campaign theme song for 2016, courtesy of "South Park": "Blame Canada."