Petitioners favor sale of Montana to Canada to reduce national debt

With the U.S. national debt soaring above $22 trillion for the first time, one group has come up with a solution to ease the burden.

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Sell Montana to Canada. Price tag? A cool $1 trillion, NBC Montana reported.

A group called "Christian moms against public education"  started a petition on for the United States to sell Montana to Canada.

According to the listing on, "We have too much debt and Montana is useless. Just tell them it has beavers or something."

More than 7,600 people have signed the petition, which originally had a goal of 7,500 signatures but has since been revised to 10,000.

The note about the petition was originally posted to Reddit, and the person who started it was "just surprised that so many people have 'backed' my cause," according to an update.

Montana, nicknamed the Treasure State, was admitted to the Union as the 41st state on Nov. 8, 1889.

There are two national parks located in the state: Yellowstone National Park, which it shares with Wyoming and Idaho; and Glacier National Park.

It also contains the site of Custer’s Last Stand at the Battle of the Little Bighorn.

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