In how many ways should CANADIANS who are deemed US citizens have US law take precedence over Candian law? Will it be only about US taxation and financial reporting to the US of those deemed US Persons in Canada — or will it extend to what passport we use to travel to other countries, perhaps firearms laws, capital punishment laws, etc.?
Just how many of our rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms will you vote away now that you determine it OK that Canadian financial privacy of deemed US Persons is no longer their right as you condone discrimination by US national origin? I ask because of the following that appears on the Toronto US Consulate web site:
Another question on dual nationality: Is it okay to travel outside of the U.S. on my other passport?
“While the U.S. does not prohibit dual nationality, Americans must comply with U.S. laws (e.g. federal and state taxes, selective service, and foreign assets control) regardless of their location. Thus, a dual citizen who travels to Cuba on a Canadian or other passport, may violate U.S. law and be subject to criminal or civil penalties.”
As Kathy asks:
I wonder if all those bankers and Conservative MPs would be happy to have our duals going to Cuba for a winter vacation being charged as criminals. They’re US citizens, so they have to follow US laws even if they’ve spent their entire lives in Canada, right? That’s what they said about filing US taxes. So I guess we can assume that they’re OK with Canadian duals not traveling on a Canadian passport? And we can assume that they’re OK if a Canadian dual travels to Cuba on a Canadian passport and then is charged as a criminal by the US?
George comments and poses questions to ask Canadian MPs:
Will Canada enforce the US restriction on travel to Cuba of a Canadian Citizen, resident in Canada, with “clinging US nationality,” who travels on holiday to Cuba with his/her Canadian passport?
I would like to suggest a letter writing campaign bringing this to the attention of various MPs and asking if Canada will enforce this ban and aid the US Government. The reason is that it will flush out the sovereignty question.
Must you have a CLN to travel to Cuba on your Canadian Passport?
Or can you travel to Cuba on your Canadian Passport if you have a reasonable explanation of why you do not have a CLN despite having relinquished your US citizenship?
If you have an unambiguous place of birth in the USA can you travel to Cuba on your Canadian Passport at all?