Rebel viewers may recall my rant about the revocation of Lorne Grabher’s vanity plate after a sensitive snowflake interpreted it as a two-word command “Grab Her”, but wait ’til you see what the Licence Plate Police have done for an encore.
Watch as I bring you the bizarre case of Winnipeg’s Nick Troller, a Trekkie and a particular fan of those alien bad-asses, The Borg.
The Borg are all about assimilating other species, so he purchased an alphanumeric plate reading "assimilate" but two years after getting it, two complaints were made claiming it was offensive and he was ordered to surrender it.
So, what could possibly be offensive about the prime directive of a fictional alien race from Star Trek?
Well, apparently “assimilate” is offensive to indigenous people, and the province agrees.
But does the word assimilate on a vanity licence plate truly affect the myriad issues natives must deal with in Canada today? And does the removal of that word solve any of those issues?
I suspect the answer is no. It’s just a word.
What’s worse though is that once a government entity makes a decision to revoke a licence plate for whatever reason, that’s it. There’s no debate, no appeal process and no negotiations.
Come to think of it, the Manitoba government is living up to the slogan of the alien race Troller is making reference to: Resistance is futile.