Dual-Citizenship Tax Possible, Mackay Says

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Dual-citizenship tax possible, MacKay says

Ottawa — Dual citizenship could soon come with a price tag, Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay said yesterday.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada is considering whether to impose new conditions on Canadians living outside the country who want to keep their Canadian passport, Mr. MacKay told a Senate committee. One option being studied involves taxing Canadian citizens living abroad.

Mr. MacKay made the comments shortly after he detailed the costly evacuation of 15,000 Canadians from war-torn Lebanon this summer. That operation will cost taxpayers about $80-million, the minister estimated.