Ian Hammond, a concerned citizen from the United States, has been thinking a lot lately about the ever-growing national debt. Fortunately, he's thought of a solution that's gained viral support online: simply sell Montana to Canada for the relatively cheap price of $1 trillion.
Over 5,300 people have already signed Hammond's Change.org petition to go through with the sell, which could see the home of Yellowstone National Park turned over to Canada.
Ian summed up his entire line of thinking in two short sentences:
"We have too much debt and Montana is useless. Just tell them it has beavers or something."
@HuffPostCanada I’m moving to Montana immediately.— Dianne Killen (@Dianne Killen)1550121271.0
"But wait," one might say! "Don't some people live in Montana?" Well, one Montana native commented his support for the petition:
"I've been a resident of Montana my entire life, and quite frankly I'm sick of the US's complete and utter disregard for human life. I'll take Canadas health care, education, and freedom over the US's money grubbing system. Also, Canada gets all of Glacier Park and some of Yellowstone."
The petition has received widespread support on social media:
@GFTribune Montana is beautiful, that would b great.— Darkstryder (@Darkstryder)1550139350.0
@GFTribune As an Albertan, I would love that. Montana is so beautiful. We visit at least twice a year. As a neighbo… https://t.co/zpQqRFrx2G— Drew Wilson (@Drew Wilson)1550002730.0
Should we sell Montana to Canada?— Brennan Moore (@Brennan Moore)1549935964.0
Of course, this was all a joke at the end of the day...probably.
I WANT TO BE CANADIAN: https://t.co/yZeVpK1MGW #Montana— Montana Jordan (@Montana Jordan)1550243562.0
@BullandBaird My boyfriend lives in Montana - so that would be great news! Montana has so much to offer! Farming, r… https://t.co/YQoUmZfEn2— NadiaInVancouver (@NadiaInVancouver)1550260620.0
i know that the petition to sell montana to canada is a joke but honestly i’m here for it— kaety🧬 (@kaety🧬)1550084280.0
Pretty much everyone seemed pumped to welcome Montana into Canada.
@WTAE https://t.co/JLBIbH2bwQ— Whodi (@Whodi)1550260364.0
@WTAE https://t.co/0uiUnQzAMU— Scott Shishito (@Scott Shishito)1550260646.0
Some people even suggested throwing in Idaho to sweeten the deal!
I’m glad you all agree that we should sell Montana. https://t.co/a1ED3utnZl— Brennan Moore (@Brennan Moore)1550025643.0
There's a petition going around to sell Montana to Canada for $1 trillion and if it goes through I'm moving back an… https://t.co/NYIEbtmDuZ— Montana⛰️ (@Montana⛰️)1550025653.0
There were more than a few Montanans who seemed pretty jazzed about becoming Canadian citizens.
Everybody be tryna sell Montana to Canada, and I’m just thinking that legal pot and free healthcare sounds good to me haha— Half-Pint (@Half-Pint)1550084065.0
Guys hear me out... this petition to sell Montana to Canada might not actually be the worst idea, eh? 🇨🇦— saej (@saej)1549941262.0
Saw a petition go around today to have the states sell Montana to Canada. My question is, would anyone from Montana actually care?— x - Sharcastic🌻 (@x - Sharcastic🌻)1550118814.0
@PalmBae As a Montana resident for twenty years we full support this petition.— Zak (@Zak)1550168387.0
If the vote was held on Twitter, it looks like Montana would have left the U.S. long ago.
@PalmBae Standardized Health Care - 1% of the amount of Gun Violence per Capita. SAME amount of snow. - I'm pretty… https://t.co/FKeeAKGp7O— David Regimbal (@David Regimbal)1550153788.0
I’ve been seeing a lot of stuff about selling Montana to Canada but like honestly we should sell Wyoming with it too— Russ (@Russ)1550104285.0
@PalmBae Poor Montana...😭— V!K☀️ (@V!K☀️)1550142744.0
It's important to remember that the U.S. national debt is actually over $22 trillion, and that it owes a large swath of that to itself, so selling Montana for only $1 trillion wouldn't do a whole lot of good...unless you really hate Montana. If that's the case, I suggest you go sign Hammond's petition right away!