Trudeau’s main political rival has American citizenship

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TORONTO — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s main political rival in elections this month holds dual Canadian-U.S. citizenship, but a spokesman for Conservative party leader Andrew Scheer says he recently embarked on the process of renouncing his American citizenship.

The Conservative party has criticized previous party leaders for holding dual citizenship.

Scheer spokesman Cory Ham said Thursday that Scheer and his sisters received U.S. passports as children but Scheer has not renewed his as an adult. Ham says one of Scheer’s parents was born in the U.S. and immigrated to Canada. The Globe and Mail first reported the news.

Ham says Scheer filed paperwork with the U.S. government in August saying he was renouncing his citizenship and is currently awaiting confirmation from the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa.

The Associated Press

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  1. His dad emigrated from the US and Andrew as a child was also American by birth. My grand daughter in the US was born there and has dual citizenship through birth. She could run for President.

    “According to the Bureau of Consular Affairs, dual nationality or dual citizen “means that a person is a citizen of two countries at the same time.” In general, someone who is born in the U.S. is a citizen. Someone who is born outside the country to parents who are U.S. citizens is also a natural-born citizen of the United States and may hold citizenship from the other country, as well. A person holding such dual citizenship still meets the requirement for the presidency of being a natural-born citizen.”

    • Becky Ebare Ford is trying to clean up the mountain of debt that the Wynne/Liberals left Ontario. Trudeau/Liberals are leaving that same mountain of debt to Canada for the next Prime Minister to clean up.
      It is Trudeau/Liberals who are destroying Canada.

      • Diane for some actual research please. Ford is creating an even larger debt now. He is cutting our education and healthcare and lining the pockets of the rich. You are an idiot if you think otherwise

  2. really sorry i am not voting for an american —loopholes –never liked the guy anyway—just hate the carbon tax big time

  3. Was it not the Liberals who paraded Michael Ignatieff to their leadership a few years ago? A man who spent his whole adult life living and working in the US

    • but he did not have dual citizenship. The Cons criticized Dion for having dual, and Scheer questions the choice GG Michaelle Jean for having dual as well (french and Canadain) . It just goes to show the hypocracy of him and his party

  4. Who cares I work with dual citizenship people and have numerous friends that are dual citizenship….why does this matter, omg I’m dying inside. No blackface here, no wrongful termination of 2 women doing their jobs, no scandal, no corruption…next!!

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