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Canadian Government Upset About ‘Hurtful’ License Plate

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Credit:  Nick Troller/Facebook

Credit: Nick Troller/Facebook

by Adrian Humphries, National Post

Whether “assimilation” is by fictional aliens in the television series Star Trek or in real life against Indigenous people, the meaning is the same and should never have been approved for a personalized license plate, a senior executive with Manitoba Public Insurance says in internal email.

The unusual government discussion of alien species came during panicked discussions by senior staff at the non-profit Crown corporation that approves and issues the province’s licence plates after social media buzz about a Star Trek fan’s personalized plate “ASIMIL8.”

The government immediately cancelled the plate in 2017, after two years of it decorating Nicholas Troller’s truck. For Troller, the phrase is associated with the Borg, a partially cybernetic group of protagonists in the science-fiction series. The Borg grow by assimilating new species into its collective.

His plate was surrounded by slogans reflecting the Borg’s other catchphrases: “We are the Borg” and “Resistance is futile.”

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