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It's official: Ted Cruz no longer a Canadian citizen

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is no longer eligible to run... for parliament in Canada, after he received a notification from the Canadian government that his move to renounce his citizenship in the country of his birth has officially taken effect.

Cruz's parents, an American mother and a Cuban father who later gained U.S. citizenship, were living in the province of Alberta when he was born. Thus, he was born a dual citizen of both the United States and of Canada. After this was brought to light last year by the Dallas Morning News, the potential 2016 presidential candidate began the process of formally relinquishing any remaining ties to the Great White North.

His staff has even provided the paper with the official certificate that Cruz got a few days ago — so no cries of "where's the certificate?" for him. --Eric Kleefeld