Canadians invite California, Oregon and Washington to secede

Canadians invite California, Oregon and Washington to secede

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After the West Coast overwhelming supported Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton for president, Canadians are taking to social media to invite Washington, Oregon, and California to join Canada.

Since Election Day, tweets have expanded to what this union would be called.

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Social media banter isn’t the limit to the discussion of a post-election exodus.

In the wake of the presidential election, two Oregon residents have filed a petition to secede from the United States and form a new country. They've invited Washington State to join.

The petition was filed with the Secretary of State’s office in Oregon Thursday.

It asks the Governor and Legislature to “actively pursue Oregon’s peaceful secession from the United States of America.”  The petition states the secession can be “alone or in conjunction with other states and Canadian provinces that seek to form a new nation, including but not limited to California, Washington, Hawaii, Nevada, Alaska and British Columbia.”

The petition does not cite the election of Donald Trump; however, it was filed less than 48 hours after the election.

The petition mentions several reasons for secession, specifically pointing to irreconcilable differences between Oregon and other states.

The Oregon petition is for a 2018 ballot initiative.  In order to start the ballot title drafting process, the petition must receive 1,000 signatures.

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