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When Donald J. Trump was elected president of the United States, it’s safe to say that many living on the West Coast of America let out a shrill scream. California, Oregon and Washington are known for their left-leaning tendencies and it’s only natural that–in their despair–these states might want to, you know, skip out on America altogether.

Canadians naturally fanned the flames, trying to entice these Canuck-like people to greener pastures and one U.S. publication really got on board.

The Seattle Times put out a post-election piece in November making the case for California, Oregon and Washington to not only secede, but join Canada.

Their map (pictured above) might’ve been a little wonky (what the heck happened to British Columbia and Alberta?!), but some fair points were made. According to the Seattle Times, Just like Canada, the three states apparently like:

Health care
Combating climate change
Cannabis

What more do we need to know, right?

But what about us Canadians? What do we gain–if anything–from this holy union? Well, all three are coastal states so say hello to Mother Nature and above freezing temperatures in the middle of winter. (That alone has us dreaming about crossing over to those states provinces without restrictions.) And think of the oranges, endless citruses for everyone. Not to mention Seattle’s thriving tech industry, Portland’s quirkiness and the sprawling metropolis known as Los Angeles. The union possibilities are endless.

Now, of course this whole thing is as far-fetched as vacation hub Turks and Caicos joining our union, a sunny topsy turvy Canadaland or a reality TV star becoming president of the United States. However, with a new petition going around, asking for signatures that’ll get the ball rolling on a Cal(ifornia)Exit, the idea of defaulting to Canada is once again picking up steam.

Keep in mind that it’s been just over a week since Trump took office and the U.S.–not to mention the world–has already been thrown into chaos on multiple occasions. Protests against his administration and its policies are now popping up on a daily basis so it’s no wonder that this let’s-join-Canada talk continues to float around.

Right now, all us Canadians can do is look on and keep hope alive.

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