Canadians Say “No, Thanks” to Buying Montana from U.S.

Albertans and Canadians aged 18-to-34 are more likely to give the thumbs up to a prospective purchase.

Vancouver, BC [February 28, 2019] – A majority of Canadians reject the notion of purchasing a bordering American state as was recently suggested in an online petition, a new Research Co. poll has found.

In the online survey of a representative national sample, 56% of Canadians think the federal government should not consider purchasing Montana for $1 trillion.

The online petition—initiated in the United States—is calling on Americans to sign in support of selling the State of Montana to Canada for $1 trillion U.S., in order to eliminate the national debt in the U.S. 

The highest level of support for Canada’s eventual purchase of Montana is observed among men (32%), Canadians aged 18-to-34 (41%) and residents of Alberta (37%) and Manitoba and Saskatchewan (34%).

“We have many issues where there are glaring differences across party lines,” says Mario Canseco, President of Research Co. “But when it comes to giving consideration to the purchase of Montana, similar proportions of Conservative (30%), Liberal (28%) and New Democratic Party (NDP) (26%) voters are in agreement.”


Results are based on an online study conducted from February 21 to February 24, 2019, among 1,000 adults in Canada. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender and region. The margin of error—which measures sample variability—is +/- 3.1 percentage points, nineteen times out of twenty.

Find our full data set here and download the press release here. 

Photo Credit: Robert M. Russell

For more information on this poll, please contact:

Mario Canseco, President, Research Co.