How do you feel about Americans travelling well wearing the Canadian Maple Leaf,

@red158 (334)
Canada
February 7, 2007 10:34pm CST
There is someone who sells kits to American's who are travelling in Europe, included in this kit are Maple Leaf pins, Canadian Flags, and a booklet that list Canadians phrases. Do Americans believe it is right to hide behind another countries flag? Do Canadians find this, although a bit flattering, a hiprocritacal act on the Americans side. I know a lot of Canadian's who would never travel overseas without their Canadian Heritage practically tatooed on them. This I respect. I myself as a Canadian, always wear my flag with pride. I travelled to Las Vegas in the months just after we had refused to go into Iraq, and as always wore my Canadian Flag proudly. Well there I received alot of flak because of it. But I wouldn't have removed it if my life depended on it. This is where I have my problem, I could have easily pretended I was American and avoided all the negative attention I received. (I just want to clarify that alot of the people that I met there were polite and friendly). But as a Proud Canadian I could never hide behind another Countries flag. So how do these "Proud American's" justify hiding behind my Country's flag, when they travel overseas.
2 responses
@MrNiceGuy (4148)
• United States
9 Feb 07
So every American in Canada is afraid to admit they are Canadien? Or is that a generalization.... The entire premise of this question relies on a grossly inadequate generalization.
@red158 (334)
• Canada
9 Feb 07
How can an American in Canada admit they are Canadian, this comment makes absolutely no sense. I also didn't make a generalization, I was talking about the Americans that do hide behind the Maple Leaf.
@urbangirl (1461)
• Australia
8 Feb 07
Hi - I am one of those ignorant Australians who can't tell the difference between an American or Canadian accent. I am sure I have offended many Canadians by asking "Which part of the States are you from?" It does not make a difference to me if one is from the USA or Canada - if the person is nice, politics to me is not the first thing I would want to talk about with a traveller. But I can understand many Americans might get sick of being asked confronting questions about their nation's "foreign policies" when abroad. I can't speak from their point of view on this.