Winnipegger’s book on Kamala Harris ends up in U.S Embassy inauguration swag bag

Kaj Hasselriis' book, Kamala in Canada, ended up in a swag bag at the US embassy in Ottawa.

A local cartoonist was delighted to discover his book about the new U.S. vice-president was included in a swag bag for attendees of a virtual inauguration event organized by the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa.

Kaj Hasselriis’ book, Kamala in Canada, is a comic book describing five years of Harris’ time spent living in Montreal as a teen.

“A bunch of people got the swag bags and as soon as people started tweeting pictures of them, I was like, OMG,” laughed Hasselriis.

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Harris spent ages 12 through 17 in Montreal and the comic zeroes in on the time when she “essentially became a kid politician,” Hasselriis said.

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“She was living in an apartment building in Montreal, and the sleazy landlord tried to ban soccer playing by the kids. And Kamala, at age 12 or 13, took a stand and said, ‘That’s not cool,’ and organized her very first protest.”

“It’s all a true story.”

Hasselriis, who has also penned a book called Politikids, said he sent Harris a copy of his book when it published last October.

“I sent it to her Senate office in Washington, D.C.,” he said.

“I also sent a copy of her old high school in Westmount. They were very happy to get it. They put it in the school library.”

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He hopes to meet Harris someday, he added.

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“I am keeping my fingers crossed that when Kamala inevitably visits Canada as vice-president and we throw a big party for her — hopefully a state dinner, whatever — that there will be a loopback and a comic book will wind up in that.

“And then it will wind up in the hands of the first woman vice-president of the United States. That would be super awesome.”

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