For $24.95, T-shirtKing.com offers the “Go Canadian” package, full of just the kind of things an American traveler needs to leave their country and its politics behind. 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.
How did this story get on CNN? Who slept with which editor? It’s a blatant plug for a profoundly dull product. In light of the six-week spate of liberal-Yanks-coming-north news, it’s hardly an original or newsworthy story.
That said, if the publicist for Douglas Coupland’s Souvenir of Canada (and the recently-released sequel) is smart, he or she ought to get on the phone to T-shirt King. They could organize some kind of deluxe package that would include Coupland’s books.
UPDATE: The CBC picked up this story on tonight’s The National. Dear me.