NDP leader Mulcair’s dual citizenship – will this become a problem?

 

 

It’s a safe bet that he would not be able to keep an American passport.

 

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7 thoughts on “NDP leader Mulcair’s dual citizenship – will this become a problem?

  1. I don’t know about Canadian law, but under the citizenship laws of Kenya and Mexico, President Obama, having been born abroad to a Kenyan citizen father (Kenya did not exist when he was born, but those, like his father, became Kenyan citizens when that nation was created so presumably that citizenship of his father was also transmitted to Obama).

    Mitt Romney’s father was a dual US-Mexican Citizens, having been born in Mexico to US citizen parents. And Mexican citizenship is transmitted to a child of a Mexican citizen born outside of the US.

    I am reasonably sure that neither has ever held passports of their other countries of citizenship, but neither has Obama been stripped of his, nor would Romney lose his, if he were to be elected president.

  2. Given the US tax laws, why would anyone living permanently outside of the US today want t keep a US passport?

  3. I am sure Mr. Obama aware of his possible dual citizenship status. Also I am sure he must have broken many Kenyan laws, being Islamic state. How would is feel, if he is told that he is a criminal and punishable not only prison but also 300% of his offshore assets?

    How he would feel that his daughters are also must know and obey Islamic laws. It would help him see the pain of many dual-citizens and effect of the most complex tax code and obscure laws many US departments (e.g. DOS, DOJ or FDA) such as FBAR, which is not tax code.

  4. Separate issue – As some of you know the US Supreme Court made a ruling in 2010 that allows big corporations to contribute to campaigns via shadowy PAC in unlimited volumes of money. This
    will drown own the voice of ordinary people – bad idea.

    However, they have a great website which could be used as some sort of template to orgainise anti-FATCA protest going forward.

    Have a look and see what everyone thinks – http://www.amend2012.org

    Of course it’s probably part funded by Robert Reich’s upcoming book next week – Outrage. He’s been shrewd about it – about £2 each and only by e-book on Amazon. Probably will sell lots of downloads.

  5. Also I am sure he must have broken many Kenyan laws, being Islamic state. How would is feel, if he is told that he is a criminal and punishable not only prison but also 300% of his offshore assets? How he would feel that his daughters are also must know and obey Islamic laws.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_in_Kenya

    “The predominant religion in Kenya is Christianity, adhered to by about four-fifths of the population” …

  6. In today’s increasingly multinational world, dual citizenship is becoming far more common. I understand that “patriotism” issue that many people bring up, but aside from that, why do we care if he has a French passport? Do people think he’s going to sell Canada to France or something? Or maybe he’s so long-term sleep agent dumb enough to have gotten a passport?

    While I realize I’m probably in the minority on this one, but I just don’t think this is a bit deal. I want to know if the person can govern, if their values align with mine, if they’re smart enough to not give impromptu public massages to world leaders (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTQY1Aw9zcs) and so on.

  7. Agree with Curtis above – All of the fuss over dual citizenship with a country other than the US is just a bunch of hot air. Mulcair got a French passport so that he could go through the same immigration queue as his family whilst on holiday. Now if France were to adopt a citizenship tax similar to the Eritrean model as Sarkozy has mentioned then that would be different, because that would result in the salary of a head of government being subject to tax by a foreign power. This is why I would consider a dual US or Eritrean citizen as unfit for public office due to this breach of national sovereignty.

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