ASIMIL8 li­cence plate was a se­ri­ous er­ror, Man­i­toba pub­lic in­sur­ers says in court fil­ing

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WIN­NIPEG A se­nior ex­ec­u­tive with Man­i­toba Pub­lic In­surance says a li­cence plate bear­ing the mes­sage ASIMIL8 should never have been is­sued to a Star Trek fan.Nick Troller launched a le­gal chal­lenge against MPI over its de­ci­sion to re­voke his per­son­al­ized plate.He said that was a vi­o­la­tion of his char­ter-pro­tected right to free ex­pres­sion.MPI con­fis­cated the plate in 2017 af­ter two Indige­nous peo­ple com­plained the word was of­fen­sive be­cause of the his­tory of gov­ern­ment as­sim­i­la­tion poli­cies.Troller says it’s a ref­er­ence to fic­tional aliens called the Borg on the pop­u­lar TV se­ries.Court doc­u­ments in­clude an email from MPI vice-pres­i­dent Keith Ward in which he says ap­prov­ing the plate was in­ap­pro­pri­ate at a time when the coun­try is fo­cused on the work of the Truth and Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Com­mis­sion.The doc­u­ments also list a num­ber of li­cence plates that were de­nied by MPI in­clud­ing BITE ME, VINO, GOT RICE and 50 GREY.Man­i­toba Pub­lic In­surance would not com­ment as the case is be­fore the courts.

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