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Canadian man files lawsuit over ‘Grabher’ license plates

  • Lorne Grabher, 68, had his ‘Grabher’ license plate removed by authorities in Nova Scotia, Canada back in January
  • The retiree had the personalized license plates on his car for the past 30 years
  • It was cancelled after the Department of Transportation received a complaint
  • He is now suing the motor vehicle registrar arguing it is ‘bureaucratic hypocrisy’
  • The Nova Scotia government says the rejection is not related to Donald Trump’s ‘grab her by the p***y’ comments 

A Canadian man who had his personalized license plate removed from his car by authorities because it was deemed too offensive is now suing for the right to keep it.

Lorne Grabher, a 68-year-old retiree from Nova Scotia, had his ‘GRABHER’ license plate on his car for the past 30 years but found it was suddenly cancelled in January.

The plate was taken away after the city’s Department of Transportation received a complaint saying the term was offensive to women. 

Lorne Grabher, a 68-year-old retiree from Nova Scotia, is suing the Canadian government for the right to keep his license plate after it was cancelled in January

Authorities ruled the GRABHER license plate was a ‘socially unacceptable slogan’.

A spokesperson for the Nova Scotia government told CBC the rejection of Mr Grabher’s plates was not related to Donald Trump’s ‘grab her by the p***y’ remarks that made headlines during the election campaign.   

After a recent request to have the plate reissued was denied, Mr Grabher is now taking the motor vehicle registrar to court arguing it is a case of ‘bureaucratic hypocrisy’. 

In an affidavit filed with Nova Scotia’s Supreme Court this month. Mr Grabher cited place names in Canada that were government regulated, including Dildo, Red Indian Lake, Swastika, Crotch Lake and Blow Me Down Provincial Park. 

The plate was taken away after the city's Department of Transportation received a complaint saying the term was a 'socially unacceptable slogan'

The plate was taken away after the city’s Department of Transportation received a complaint saying the term was a ‘socially unacceptable slogan’

Mr Grabher said he was not trying to offend anyone with his license plate and said he was ‘profoundly insulted and humiliated’ that his surname was deemed offensive.

‘Canada is not a country where a person gets to be ‘offended’ at everything,’ Mr Grabher said in the affidavit. 

‘Canadians who complain to the government about every little thing should be politely but firmly informed that we live in a cultural mosaic that respects individual freedoms. 

‘Such diversity and freedom are impossible if the government seeks to eliminate or limit every little thing and every little difference that could be perceived as ‘offensive’ to someone.’ 

After a recent request to have the plate reissued was denied, Mr Grabher is now taking the motor vehicle registrar to court arguing it is a case of 'bureaucratic hypocrisy'

After a recent request to have the plate reissued was denied, Mr Grabher is now taking the motor vehicle registrar to court arguing it is a case of ‘bureaucratic hypocrisy’

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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