We've all had our suspicions about Sen. Ted Cruz. Didn't he seem a little too comfortable in that chilly Washington D.C. weather? Didn't someone one time hear him say something nice about Queen Elizabeth II? When he stops talking, doesn't it seem like something is missing? A space for a good old Canadian "Eh" right at the end of the sentence?
Well, all of those suspicions are now confirmed, because Cruz, born in Canada to an American mother, was gifted with both American and Canadian citizenship from birth, according to The Dallas Morning News.
While Cruz has never formally accepted his Canadian citizenship, the DMN reported that he got Canadianized just by being born there. On hearing the news, we're hoping that Cruz felt a moment of relief -- so that's why he's always been so friendly, why he could never bring himself to make Canuck jokes in the school yard -- but he came out and said he would renounce his Canadian citizenship within hours of the story breaking.
If Cruz decides to run in 2016, his double dipping in citizenship shouldn't make much of a difference, according to legal scholars, according to ABC News, but it matters enough to Cruz that he's getting rid of the thing now.
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He announced he would be renouncing all things Canadian. He said it really nicely, though.
"Nothing against Canada, but I'm an American by birth and as a U.S. senator, I believe I should be only an American," Cruz stated on Monday.
Aside from losing the right to end every sentence with, "Eh" (you can only do that as a Canadian, we're pretty sure), the main reason Cruz is likely letting go of his Canadianism is to go ahead and dodge any potential "birther" issues now, before Donald Trump can really get going on the question.
We're pretty sure Cruz can still be a hockey fan in his post-Canada world, but he'll have to watch it if there's ever a direct question on what he prefers on his pancakes. A used-to-be-Canadian advocating for maple syrup will only look fishy.