The phone rang this morning. For a few minutes, my actual phone number was on the blog, by mistake, and one very quick reader, Dianne, phone me from Winterpeg. Not long ago, she learned that the United States still considers her to be an American, even though she hasn’t believed herself to be American since the age of 18. So I asked her to write up her story so that the Isaac Brock Society could help her sort out this issue. Here it is:
I was born in the USA in 1957 to two Canadian parents. My father was working on his Phd there and they returned to Canada when I was weeks old. Since then I have never lived in the US. I do not have a US passport or social security number. I have never voted in the US and do not own property there. I have lived and worked my entire life in Canada. It was my understanding when I turned 18 (in 1975) that if I did not actively seek American citizenship I would be considered only Canadian. I was shocked to hear that the IRS may consider me American. I am interested in finding our how to clarify that I am not an American citizen.