Published on Wednesday, December 8, 2004
Many American travellers are reportedly going to great lengths to pretend they are Canadian – and they can now take advantage of a reference guide to help with the deception. According to a report in The Times newspaper, an American company is selling a “disguise package” including a T-shirt and lapel pin bearing the traditional Canadian maple leaf motif – and the reference guide, entitled “How to Speak Canadian, Eh?” The owner of the company reportedly sensed a business opportunity after anecdotal evidence that US citizens have faced “hostility” while abroad, and reports of a “flood of inquiries” on the Canadian immigration website following George Bush’s recent election win. Bill Broadbent, head of the firm www.t-shirtking.com, is quoted as saying: “It was not meant as a slight against the US or Canada. Some people might not mind (the “hostility”) but others just want to be on vacation. So we were joking that they could just go as Canadians, and that just kind of evolved.” Report by Tim Gillett, News From Abroad Ltd
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