The Canadian Politician (Toronto) – What started as a jest has gained traction with over 12,000 signatures on a petition to the U.S. government to sell the State of Montana to Canada. The petition is predicated on the assumption that the U.S. is in much debt up to $22 trillion and selling that vast space for $1 trillion will reduce its debt liability. The petition reads, “We have too much debt and Montana is useless.” “Just tell them it has beavers or something.” The petition was initiated by Ian Hammond and forwarded to the website change.org. Hammond indicated he did not expect it to make any headway, but was surprised that it has garnered attention in Canada and the United States. He stated, “[I’m] just surprised that so many people have ‘backed’ my ‘cause,’” Hammond wrote in the petition’s comments. “All in all this is pretty epic.”
Reactions have been pouring from Montana and Canada. “Nobody could stand looking at such an ugly map for such a tiny dent in the national debt,” one man stated to ABC Fox Montana. “God, I really hope it’s a joke,” another man said. One Montanan, in a hilarious remark supports the initiative. He stated, “I’m Montanan and hoping to join Canada without the moving costs. Let’s do this. Please adopt us.” A woman thinking about affordable health care, noted, “I’d love this to happen. Montanans would then have decent health care, better roads, and more ice arenas.” Some have cited the legalization of marijuana, Tim Hortons, among others as an attraction to join Canada
One Canadian believes that the price tag is hefty, but also thinks that it will purchase a vast land for the sum. He said, “$1 trillion sounds like a lot of money, but acknowledged it would be a lot of land.” Another man sees the beautiful in the open plains of the northern American state. He remarked, “It’d sure be a beautiful state to own I guess.”
While no one believes that the U.S. will actually sell a piece of its territory, lawmakers in Montana thought it wise to share their opinion on the trending petition. Accordingly, the issues was hotly debated in a 20-memberr committee in the state legislature and as expected, the idea was voted down overwhelmingly with a 15-5 vote. In the meantime, those dreaming for Montana to be the 11 province of Canada, will have to wait a bit longer.
Credit: Jackie Dunham – CTVNews.ca Staff