Australians blast PM's 'Canadia' gaffe

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, left, welcomes Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to 24...

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, left, welcomes Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to 24 Sussex Drive, the Prime Minister's official residence, in Ottawa on June 9, 2014. (REUTERS/Patrick Doyle)

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, Last Updated: 12:38 AM ET

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is being razzed by Twitter users and his country's media for a slip-up in which he called Canada "Canadia."

He quickly corrected himself during a press conference in Ottawa Sunday, but the mistake has been blasted by Australians on Twitter and in local headlines.

"Dear Canada, I know what you're thinking and yes, we're embarrassed, but he's English, not Australian, and he won't be PM for long," user @Volvo_of_doom wrote.

"Canadia - Isn't that the place where they make Maypile Syrup, and the Mounting Police keep law and order?" user @billster030503 wrote.

A column by the Sydney Morning Herald's Tony Wright joked that by calling the country Canadia, Abbott "introduced, for the briefest of moments, a language previously unknown: a language that renames that rather largish pink bit on the map above the United States," adding the gaffe should be blamed on jet-lag after Abbott flew from D-Day ceremonies to Ottawa.


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