Ted Cruz No Longer Canadian Canada confirms citizenship renounced By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff Posted Jun 11, 2014 12:32 AM CDT 117 comments Comments Former Canadian Ted Cruz addresses the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, La. last month. (AP Photo/Bill Haber) (Newser) – Ted Cruz is no longer the Tea Party's best-known Canadian: The US senator from Texas has formally renounced his dual citizenship and received confirmation from the Canadians yesterday, a spokeswoman tells the Dallas Morning News. "He's pleased to receive the notification and glad to have this process finalized," she says. Cruz was born in Alberta to an American mother and Cuban father and his family left Canada when he was 4 years old. Cruz took steps to cease being a Canuck soon after he released his birth certificate last year and was informed that he had dual citizenship. "Nothing against Canada, but I'm an American by birth and as a US senator, I believe I should be only an American," he said at the time. Cruz automatically gained American citizenship through his mother, but with the Republican a possible 2016 White House contender, the debate over whether he counts as a 100% "natural-born citizen" is likely to continue, the Washington Post notes.