The idea that a Canadian MP could be subject to #FBAR and other IRS penalties is ridiculous: "Andrew Scheer will not follow through with plans to renounce U.S. citizenship" /via @globeandmail https://t.co/BZ3tO3kIFC
— U.S. Citizen Abroad (@USCitizenAbroad) May 18, 2020
The Globe and Mail was the first to break the story about Andrew Scheer’s dual Canada US citizenship. Mr. Scheer’s US citizenship generated a number of comments on Brock.
The above tweet references the follow-up article in today’s Globe and Mail. I believe it’s unlikely that Mr. Scheer ever started the process to relinquish US citizenship. But, who really knows?
A couple of thoughts:
1. The comments on the Globe article are accelerating. Interestingly not a single comment so far has addressed the issue of US citizens being subject to IRS jurisdiction. Is it tolerable for a Canadian MP (including a Party Leader) to be a “US citizen”? The problem is that dual citizenship in general is not the same as dual citizenship when one of the citizenships is US. The difference is that US citizens are (as we all know) members of the World’s Premier “Tax, Form and Penalty Club”. Should Canadians tolerate a situation where their Prime Minister (or any MP) is subject to IRS jurisdiction?
2. Is it possible that Mr. Scheer implied/recognized that US citizenship is different from other citizenships. An August 13, 2005 blog post from Mr.Scheer included:
I have a few quick questions for anyone who thinks that Michaelle Jean is a good choice to be our next GG.
1) What are her qualifications? What experience does she have that would assist her to carry out her duties as our head of state, including the potential to be a referee in a minority government situation?
2) Does it bother you that she is a dual citizen (France and Canada)? Would it bother you if instead of French citizenship, she held U.S. citizenship?
3) It is being reported that her husband is quite chummy with some FLQers belonging to the same group that killed Pierre Laporte. If her husband was quite friendly with Al-Queda terrorists, would that be alright?
Is Mr. Scheer recognizing that not all citizenships are the same? For the purposes of being a Party Leader (and potential Prime Minister), is Mr. Scheer implying that there might be a difference between American citizenship and French citizenship?
He may or not be implying that there is a difference.
The reality is that no country, except the United States, should tolerate a head of state who holds US citizenship.
France does not threaten its citizens abroad with penalties.