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July 24, 2013


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Michael Ignatieff had the reverse background. Born in Canada, he lived abroad for nearly all of his adult life. Upon his return, was appointed to a 'safe' political riding - where he never lived, given a quick opposition party cabinet position, and then, eventually within 5 years, won the party's leadership as its front runner.
He lost the next general election badly. And left Canada a year or so later.

PM Turner, though, had a prominent political career until he quit as a national Finance Minister in the mid 1970s, his mother held a senior role back in the 1940s, and (as a young man) he was an injury away from trying for one of Canada's past Olympics teams.

I guess it matters how the years are spent.


Agreed. The U.S. would have a hard time with someone who spent most of his time elsewhere. Igantieff's problems had little to do with his time away (more like supporting the Iraq War and being a lousy candidate).

Canada didn't have a fit over Turner's eligibility or Ignatieff's eligibility or confusion, The rules are simple and pretty clear in Canada, not so much in the U.S.


I'd like to see some level of eligibility requirement here. Maybe 25 years' worth of resident citizenship?


In the U.S., a president must have been a permanent resident in the United States for at least 14 years. That would have pre-empted to do what Igantieff did and parachute back to run for prime minister,

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