Frivolous Petition Says "Sell Montana to Canada for $1T" to Reduce National Debt


A frivolous petition on Change.Org proposes selling Montana to Canada to "eliminate" the national debt.

A Change.Org petition proposes Sell Montana to Canada for $1 Trillion to Eliminate the National Debt.

It seems the person who wrote the petition is totally clueless about the national debt. It's about $22 trillion and it will grow about $1 trillion a year because we have $1 trillion deficits as far as the eye can see.

Alternatively, the petition sponsor recognized that and simply wanted to make the idea as absurd as possible.

Either way, the petition is a slap at Canada and Montana because it states "We have too much debt and Montana is useless. Just tell them it has beavers or something."

Great Falls Tribune Response

The Great Falls Tribune Response is more far amusing than the petition itself.

We in Montana Have Questions

  • Does Canada have an extra trillion?
  • Would Montana still be named Montana or would we be Southern Alberta? Better Saskatchewan?
  • Does the universal healthcare start right away or is there a waiting period?
  • Can we take Yellowstone National Park with us?
  • Why not Alaska? It's not even touching the other states!
  • Canadian football, really?
  • July 1 vs. July 4 for a national holiday, sure whatever. But Thanksgiving in October?!
  • Is $10,626 an acre fair? Like some of those acres have skyscrapers. Ok, one of those acres does. And 1 million of those acres are Glacier National Park.
  • Does the "eh?" thing happen naturally or would we have to practice?
  • Who negotiates the trade agreement with Idaho to keep us in potatoes for our poutine?

That was just a subset of the questions. I picked the ones funniest to me.

This was my favorite:

Do we build a wall against North Dakota?

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (25)
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Better yet, sell Manhattan back to the Dutch. Pay them to take it if they will agree to accept AOC in the deal.


Can we sell Illinois to Canada to include their massive government and public union pension debts?

I doubt Canada would take them.


If the people of MT, WY, ID, ND, and SD want to secede and buy their freedom, how much would we need to pay the Government to leave us the hell alone?


I'm glad this petition appeared. Maybe people will start thinking of how monstrous our debt load has become.

If we can only theoretically expect $1T for Montana, we'd have to sell off half the country, and that's just for the official national debt.

To make the Fed whole, we might have to sell off the entire western hemisphere!


why limit the bidders to Canada - put it on Ebay . might get a tad more and you could use Paypal.