5. a. What U.S. president may have been born in Quebec?
b. What Alberta native is considering running in the 2016 U.S. presidential race?
Answer to Canada Quiz #5
a. Chester Alan Arthur
b. Ted Cruz.
Officially, 21st president Chester A. Arthur was born in Fairfield, Vermont in 1829, but there is historical evidence that he may actually have been born in Bedford, Quebec. His mother’s family lived there and his father was working in Canada at the time.
Texas Republican senator Ted Cruz lived in Calgary until he was four years old, while his parents were working in the Alberta oil fields. He gained both vehement critics and conservative admirers when he led the congressional fight to defund the Affordable Care Act, and to oppose raising the U.S. debt ceiling. Recent polls have shown Senator Cruz as the leading contender for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.
- The original “birther” controversy, CBS News
- The Mystery of Chester Alan Arthur’s Birthplace, Vermont Historical Society
- Ted Cruz considering 2016 bid for president, Washington Post
- Poll: Ted Cruz leads 2016 GOP primary, Politico
- Is Ted Cruz, born in Canada, eligible to run for president?, Tampa Bay Times