Clothing products with a Canadianized version of a Trump phrase appeared on shelves at a Canadian department store in Vancouver—but were removed after criticism.
Make Canada Great Again headwear, which riff on U.S. President Donald Trump's Make America Great Again (MAGA) campaign slogan, were spotted at the Pacific Centre mall location of the Hudson's Bay in Downtown Vancouver on December 15.
HBC corporate communications director Tiffany Bourré confirmed that the products are no longer available from their company.
"This recent sighting was an isolated error in one location and we immediately removed the product once we became aware," she said in a statement issued to the Georgia Straight. "It is never our intention to offend and we sincerely apologize for this oversight."
The hats were made by the Los Angeles Trading Company.
The items had been previously sold online by the retailer but were pulled in October in response to objections.
In June, controversy arose in Vancouver when Darin Hodge, then a manager of the Teahouse in Stanley Park, refused to serve a customer while he was wearing a MAGA hat. The manager was subsequently fired.
"The MAGA hat has come to symbolize racism, bigotry, islamaphobia, misogyny, white supremacy, homophobia," Hodge had said in a statement about his decision. "As a person with a strong moral backbone, I had to take a stand against this guest's choice of headwear while in my former place of work."More