Any item (a gift, an assigned task, a report) promised to a co-worker, friend, or superior that, by virtue of continued broken promises to deliver, becomes ostensibly fictional.
Derived from the popular American practice of deflecting unwanted romantic advances or ridicule resulting from singlehood, by referring to a fictional boyfriend or girlfriend living "in Canada."
Friend 1: Hey, has Andrea bought you a birthday present yet?
Friend 2: Nope. She says she has one for me, but she keeps "forgetting it at home." Honestly? I think it's a Canadian Boyfriend.
by HarrietSpy February 24, 2006