Feelings are running high following the, shall we say, lively US presidential election and things have come to a head, somewhat confusingly, in the Canadian city of Hamilton.
Mayor Fred Eisenberger has vowed to take action after David Serwatuk, a member of a municipal committee, caused nigh-on uproar at a meeting by keeping a cap bearing legend Make America Great Again - the campaign slogan of shy and retiring president-elect Donald Trump - on a table.
After a complaint from the floor, Serwatuk removed the offending headwear, declared a conflict of interest and left, Canadian broadcaster CBC reports.
But the mayor, who has made no secret of his dislike for Mr Trump's rambunctious political style, now wants a code of conduct for committee members to ensure that up with this sort of thing he does not have to put.
"It could have been Hillary related, or whoever," Eisenberger said.
"From my perspective, this is not the place for any kind of political posturing."
Serwatuk insisted the hat wasn't intended as a strident political, or even sartorial, statement. His brother had just given it to him and he didn't know where else to put it (keep your suggestions to yourself, please).
The US election "doesn't have anything to do with me," he told CBC.
"I'm a Canadian citizen and all I care about is Canada."
But the famously sensitive Mr Trump shouldn't fret. Elsewhere, the reception from local government has been positively glowing.
Cllr John Temple of Westbury in Tasmania, for example, was quick to reach out to the leader-in-waiting of the free world, suggesting that the small town rename its cricket ground the Donald J Trump Park.
"It is in our best interests to extend the hand of friendship to the new president of the United States, who is not a politician and will likely come at things from a different perspective," he said, showing an admirable knack for the art of the understatement.
Alas, Cllr Temple, who cited Tasmania's relative exposure to attack by unnamed foes as one of the reasons for keeping The Donald onside, admitted to the Guardian Australia that his brainwave has gone over to a mixed reception.
"The personal conversations I have had have all been positive," he said.
"I have seen things on Facebook calling me an idiot."
Haven't we all?