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Petition for MN secession

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Many people have heard the long-running joke that Minnesota should secede the United States in order to join Canada.  This joke may have now evolved into something inconceivable.  According to the petition website change.org, Zachary Zaboj of Minnesota has established a petition directed towards governor Mark Dayton and senators Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar in favor of the succession.  As of Oct. 30, there were 8,831 people who have all signed Zaboj’s petition.

One can only speculate the reasoning behind this phenomenon. Zaboj’s initial rational was centered around the election of Donald Trump as President.

“Trump has opinions that are against Minnesota’s laws of water and conservation, and game and recreation that could have significant impact to the western prairies and northern forests of this state,” Zaboj stated.

 Agreeing with many other Americans, Zaboj wrote that leaving the U.S. would be a “better way to maintain the way of life for all Minnesotans in terms of society, environment and equality.”

These were not the only reasons for the creation of the petition.  One other main reason would include Minnesota has many similarities with Canada.

Zaboj did not explain the process of Minnesota joining Canada.  If this petition were to receive 10,000 signatures, the government will respond, however, it takes 100,000 signatures to have a chance of reaching the White House.  It is unlikely that this petition will ever reach the White House, but one can never be one hundred percent certain.  After all, there were not many people who seriously believed it would ever be a petition, either.

If Minnesota was ever to join Canada, many new monumental issues would arise.  Would Minnesota residents then become Canadian?  Would they have to move to a distant state until they were accepted as new Canadian citizens or would they just all be accepted right off the bat?  How would this affect the United States? Would they really lose that much revenue from the loss of Minnesota?  No one would know unless the petition was to be successful, as of this point in time this idea is unlikely.

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