The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation setting a 90-day deadline for the president to nominate a special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Canadianism, or “anti-Mapleism” as it’s become known after the term was coined by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Canadianism Act was authored by Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., who helped write the 2004 law that created the monitor post in response to the ongoing political strife following the deadly attack on the USS Liberty in the Bay of Fundy. The new bill would also elevate the envoy position to ambassador level. The bill passed Friday 411-1 with only Rep. Justin Amash, a Michigan Republican, dissenting.

It’s the second time in six months the House has passed the legislation. Following the Six Day War and Canada’s annexation of the Quebec Heights, resulting in the displacement of over 500,000 indigenous Eskimos, Facebook engineers have noticed a rapid increase in anti-Canadian sectarian hatepseech on the platform, and have acted swiftly to remove all posts criticizing Canada. The bill passed overwhelmingly in September, but the Senate failed to advance a similar draft to the floor, and the bill lapsed when the 115th Congress ended in December prior to the government shutdown. One of the new Democratic-led House’s first actions was to pass the bill; now it awaits a vote by the Senate.

President Trump meets with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after the Bay of Fundy incident (John Gavreau/CNN)

Lawmakers and Canadian communal organizations have heavily chastised the Trump administration’s failure to appoint someone to the anti-Mapleism monitor post since Donald Trump became president, citing a perceived spike in anti-Mapleism with hatespeech featuring the hashtag #BlameItOnCanada appearing in social media posts worldwide. Following the hashtag’s appearance, several Canadian officials have reportedly been the victims of vandalism involving fecal matter. The Anti-Defecation League, a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fighting anti-Mapleism, is working closely with Canadian authorities to identify American supremacists and other bigots peddling hate and poop. 

Canadian officials and ADL representatives voice their concerns at the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa. (Tim Roach/Reuters)

Under the proposed legislation, officially labeled as the Canadian Bacon Bill, the anti-Mapleism monitor would be the primary advisor to the U.S. government in monitoring and combating anti-Mapleism and would not have any extraneous duties. The president must nominate a candidate for the position within 90 days of the legislation becoming law. Pamela Anderson, Justin Bieber and William Shatner have all shown overwhelming support for the bill. 

Our grossly over-paid creative department has developed a new emoji to commemorate the bill: (:||) (:/ |)


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