Petition calls for U.S. to give strip of land to Canada

A new petition is calling on the United States government to transfer a piece of land technically in Minnesota to Canada.

The petition, which was launched on the “We the People” section of the White House website, claims the area, known as the Northwest Angle, only became part of the U.S. because of a surveying error.

The area is connected by land to Manitoba and is the only part of the U.S. other than Alaska that sits above the 49th parallel.

The petition’s author argued that the area’s 120 residents are native to Canadian soil, as Benjamin Franklin and British representatives relied on a flawed map from 1755 when they negotiated Canada’s borders.

“Make America great by correcting this critical survey error,” the petition said.

The White House responds to petitions on its website if they amass at least 100,000 signatures.

As of the end of Wednesday, the petition had garnered more than 1,000 signatures, but it will need to reach its goal by Jan. 29 in order to trigger a response.