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The Honorable Ted Cruz
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
USA

January 8, 2014

Dear Senator Cruz:

You are confusing your fellow Canadians.  First you denied you were a Canadian citizen. Soon you begrudgingly conceded you were one. "Technically."  Oops.

We understand why this pesky citizenship could be an embarrassment for a
Canadian-Cuban-Texan-American wants to cruz out of Canada.
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Canadian-Cuban-Texan-American Republican.  Canada has everything you and your Tea Party comrades detest--gun control, same sex marriage, multiculturalism, abortion rights, constitutional equality for women, French and snow.

Worst of all, Canada has your nemesis--"socialized" medicine--which provides health care to all Canadians. How  much more radical could a country possibly be?  

So this annoying citizenship from being born in Canada to an American mother and a Cuban father might dash your U.S. political ambitions.

The question is: What's taking you so long to ditch Canadian citizenship? 

Last week, one Canadian immigration lawyer said if there are no security or mental health issues, your renunciation should go "lickety-split." Another one said if you could show you would not be stateless by renouncing Canadian citizenship, "then you're rock "n' roll, and good to go."

You yourself said months ago that renouncing Canadian citizenship was "no big deal."

Many patriotic Canadians are taken aback by that cavalier attitude towards our cherished citizenship. But, we and our government respect your right to make that decision with no further obligation to Canada.

Cruzing in Reverse:

While you can easily cruz out of Canada, Canadians  wanting to do the reverse--shake free of American citizenship--are crashing into a collision course of financial obstacles.

Some Canadians were born in the United States when parents were there temporarily. "Border babies" were born there simply because it was the closest hospital for their Canadian mothers to give birth decades ago.

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Lynne Swanson is a retired human resources manager, writer and blogger. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, she has been a Canadian citizen for 40 years.
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