So much for this species

Manitoba licence plate ASIMIL8

The United Federation of Canadians is apparently not amused:

Documents from a legal challenge by a Star Trek fan who had his personalized ASIMIL8 licence plate revoked show a Manitoba Public Insurance senior executive was shocked the plate was ever issued at a time when reconciliation with Indigenous people was coming to the forefront.

The email from vice-president Keith Ward to registrar of motor vehicles Carla Hocken on April 24, 2017, said approving the licence plate did not follow MPI procedures and required immediate action.

“We are considering serious disciplinary action for those who were involved and contributed to approving a plate that is so obviously inappropriate at a time when there was significant media coverage about the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, etc.,” Ward wrote.

Maybe Elizabeth Warren can help.

(Via Fark.)


  1. fillyjonk »

    8 January 2019 · 7:02 am

    I’m guessing that driver wouldn’t be happy with “7 OF 9” as an alternative.

    (One of my personal “unpopular opinions” is that vanity plates shouldn’t be. Once in a while I see a clever one, but most of them make me roll my eyes)

  2. McGehee »

    8 January 2019 · 8:36 am

    I actually can’t remember the last time I even saw a vanity plate.

    As for content censorship, this all arose from the idiotic notion that issuing a plate to a private citizen who specifically requested the plate, somehow constitutes official endorsement of its message.

    It’s not as if the DMV is issuing people a state- (or province-) paid chauffeur to drive him and his license plate around, or carrying it around to the places he goes, to show it off for him. They made it and gave it to him and he walked out with it.

    If I have a custom bumper sticker made up at VistaPrint endorsing the NRA, does that mean VistaPrint endorses the NRA?

  3. nightfly »

    10 January 2019 · 4:17 pm

    Next time the driver should try XTRMN8 and see how many Whovians are in Manitoba.

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