Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Ted Cruz Likely Republican Presidential Nominee Renounces Canadian Citizenship

U.S. Republican Senator Ted Cruz, who was born in Alberta, has officially shed his Canadian citizenship, following through on a promise he made in 2013 to do so in the lead-up to a possible 2016 presidential campaign. (Jim Bourg/Reuters
Canada-born U.S. Senator Ted Cruz has given up his citizenship from his birth country, making good on a promise from last summer.

Spokeswoman Catherine Frazier said the Tea Party favourite formally gave up his citizenship May 14. He received official confirmation of the action at his Houston home Tuesday.

Cruz was born in Alberta, Canada, in 1970. The possible 2016 presidential candidate's mother is American, making him eligible for the White House.

News that he had renounced his citizenship was first reported by the Dallas Morning News. The newspaper also broke that Cruz had dual Canadian-U.S. citizenship when he released his birth certificate in August.

Frazier said Cruz "is pleased to have the process finalized" and that it "makes sense he should be only an American citizen."


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