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There's now a comic book about Kamala Harris' time in Montreal

Canadian author Kaj Hasselriis breaking down Kamala Harris' time spent growing up in Montreal in a new comic book called Kamala in Canada

Released earlier this week, the 12-page, bilingual comic takes place during Harris' teenage years when she attended Westmount High School and more specifically, a battle she got into with the landlord of her apartment building. 

The landlord told Harris and other kids in the building that they could no longer play soccer in the apartment courtyard, and Kamala in Canada follows the true story of how the U.S. senator fought to change that. 

The comic book begins in 1976 when Harris' family moved to Montreal so that her mother could work at the Jewish General Hospital in a research position. At the time, Harris was only 12 and struggling to adapt to a new country and language. 

"I sounded like a duck! Quoi? Quoi? Quoi?" one cartoon reads. 

In an interview with the Montreal Gazette, Hasselriis said that if Harris becomes vice president in the United States, it will be a special moment for Canada. 

"If she becomes vice-president, it’ll be a total heritage moment for Canada," he said, adding that he knows she might not be too happy with the comic. 

"She has said very little herself about her time in Montreal. And I think that's largely because she's already unfortunately getting guff from Republicans for being sort of foreign because she has two parents who were immigrants to the United States. So to talk about spending time in a foreign country as a kid, I think it's the kind of thing she's not interested in publicizing."

The book release comes just before Harris takes part in her first vice-presidential debate on Wednesday against Mike Pence and many Canadians are showing their support on social media. 

"All of us in Canada are cheering for you Kamala! You have so got this!" someone else tweeted.

Harris spent five years in Canada before moving back to the U.S. to attend school at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

For those wondering how Kamala's fight with the landlord went — spoiler alert — she won.

Lead photo by

Kaj Hasselriis


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