Prof seeks Cana­dian cit­i­zen­ship as Trump ’refugee’

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - - CANADA - ADINA BRESGE

ST. JOHN’S • An Amer­i­can­born bi­ol­ogy pro­fes­sor at Memo­rial Univer­sity of New­found­land in­tends to of­fi­cially be­come a Cana­dian cit­i­zen af­ter liv­ing in the coun­try for three decades, call­ing him­self a “po­lit­i­cal refugee” of Don­ald Trump’s pres­i­dency.

For nearly 30 years, Steve Carr has strad­dled the bor­der as an Amer­i­can work­ing in Canada, but the Cal­i­for­nia na­tive says Trump’s elec­tion pushed him to seek cit­i­zen­ship here. Carr, whose mother hails from Strat­ford, Ont., says he has ap­plied for Cana­dian cit­i­zen­ship as “in­sur­ance” against Trump’s hard line im­mi­gra­tion pol­icy.

As a long­time per­ma­nent res­i­dent of Canada, the tran­si­tion to dual cit­i­zen­ship is in a sense a for­mal­ity, but has none­the­less taken a toll on Carr, who sees be­ing Amer­i­can as part of his iden­tity.

“I am a pa­tri­otic Amer­i­can … My way of as­sess­ing things is heav­ily tied up with Amer­i­can his­tory,” says Carr. “I am, at this point, a refugee, and things might go quite bad very quickly.”

Carr has flirted with be­com­ing a nat­u­ral­ized cit­i­zen since mov­ing to New­found­land for a teach­ing gig in 1987 but, in a streak of Amer­i­can in­de­pen­dence, says he couldn’t bring him­self to pledge loy­alty to a Bri­tish monarch.

“The im­age of rais­ing my hand and swear­ing an Oath of Al­le­giance to the Queen just stuck in my throat,” Carr says, adding his cal­cu­lus changed last Novem­ber while he watched the U.S. elec­tion re­sults in dis­be­lief.

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