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Obama's victory and the future of the Canadian pin

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Traveling through Asia, Europe or Africa I met a few Americans pretending to be citizens of Canada with a flag pin with the maple leaf hanging from the backpack. Once I had a talk with a backpacker excusing himself from pretending to be from the neighboring country to avoid unwanted political discussions on his trip.

Keep in mind that backpackers tend to be young middle class whose ideas are likely to be more focused on the Democratic side.

The eight years and especially the re-election of President Bush have damaged the public image of the Americans according to a good part of the international community.

After the victory of Obama, many contemplate the possibility that the change will repair the reputation of its citizens especially in places critical of the foreign policy of the United States so far as in Europe.

It seems that a renewed illusion among young backpackers to their homeland can make them remove the happy Canadian flag from their backpacks and travel the world without having to hide their origin.

Will Obama end the sale of Canadian pins in the United States?

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