Canadian disguise

Thanks to Aleah’s blog for pointing to Traveling abroad? Disguise yourself as Canadian

For $24.95 offers the “Go Canadian” package, full of just the kind of things an American traveler can use to keep a vacation free of U.S. politics.

There’s a Canadian flag T-shirt, a Canadian flag lapel pin and a Canadian patch for luggage or a backpack. There’s also a quick reference guide — “How to Speak Canadian, Eh?” — on answering questions about Canada.

1 thought on “Canadian disguise

  1. Chris Corrigan

    Americans have been doing this forever. They appropriate our cultural identity when it suits them and complain when we don’t show up to help them slaughter Iraq. American youth routinely affix Canadian flags to their travel gear to duck the obvious questions. This ain’t new.

    Last year the well-known, nay iconic, Canadian donut chain Tim Horton’s played on this inanity with a TV ad that showed a Canadian travelling through Europe with all the requisite marks, Canadian flag on backpack etc. But the thing that made him recognizable to other Canadians was his Tim Horton’s travel mug.

    Advice to Europeans: If you meet a person you suspect is posing as a Canadian, forget quizzing them on our prime minister’s name. Instead ask them what a double double is. If they don’t answer “a Timmy’s coffee with two milks and two sugars” you know you have an American imposter on your hands. Feel free to grill them about their foreign policy shortcomings.


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