In a shocking announcement today, the Conservative Party confirms that its leader has a dual Canadian-U.S. citizenship. Andrew Scheer's U.S. citizenship is shocking Canadians and making waves from sea to shining sea. And Canadians aren't too impressed with this new information.
The party confirmed on October 3 that Scheer has dual citizenship with Canada and the U.S. but is in the process of getting rid of his U.S. citizenship.
According to the Toronto Star, Scheer's father is American and the U.S. passport that he has was obtained by his father when Scheer was a child.
"Like millions of Canadians, one of Mr. Scheer’s parents was born in another country and immigrated to Canada to start a family," said Simon Jefferies, a spokesperson for the Conservative campaign, in a written statement.
After Scheer became the leader of the Conservative Party in 2017, he decided to renounce his U.S. citizenship before the election. But he didn't actually file the paperwork until August of this year.
To renounce a U.S. citizenship while abroad, a person has to appear before a U.S. diplomatic officer at a U.S. embassy or consulate and sign an oath.
The U.S. embassy that's in Ottawa is only four kilometres away from Scheer's offical residence as the leader of the opposition.
"He has submitted his paperwork and is currently waiting for confirmation from the embassy that he is no longer a dual citizen," said Jefferies.
Despite Scheer being in the process of renouncing his U.S. citizenship, people took to Twitter to express their unhappiness. One user asked "what else is he hiding?" and another one said, "does anyone really know who Scheer is?"
Jefferies said that Scheer has submitted income tax returns with the U.S. government but has never voted in an election there.
According to CTV News, Conservatives have criticized other politicians like former Liberal leader Stephane Dion and former NDP leader Tom Mulcair for having dual citizenship with Canada and France.
And Scheer himself has questioned people with dual citizenship in the past.
The Conservative immigration plan states that Scheer will "restore fairness, order, and compassion to the immigration system" and emphasize "economic immigration."
There is no word on how long it will take for the U.S. government to confirm that Scheer's U.S. citizenship is no more.