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Other proposed plates that allude to social issues also failed to get the green light. The WEXIT and 51STATE plates nod towards Alberta separatist sentiments that grew in 2019 amid Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s re-election, while QAN0N and QSENTME promote the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory that has recently gained prominence in the United States. Meanwhile, the FUGRETA plate takes a shot at 17-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg, who visited Alberta in October 2019.
One rejected plate supporting the Black Lives Matter movement was BLM4LIF, while the province also rejected a FREE HK plate supporting pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong.
Licence plates like these, rejected for references to “political and social sensitivities,” were the most commonly rejected, making up about a fifth of all plates the government decided weren’t road-worthy.
Following closely behind were plates rejected because they contained sexual connotations. There were 26 such plates, including 4UDADDY, PLS B18, WETDRMZ and TH0T — as well as others too risque for the pages of a newspaper.
Similarly, the “foul language” group of rejects contained proposed plates ranging from mild obscenities to the seven words that you can’t say on television. Albertans won’t see plates like ABCDEFU or FASTAF on the road, or other dubiously denied submissions like PUCKS and 0KB00MER.
It should come as no surprise that a handful of plates referencing cannabis were rejected in the drug’s first full year of legalization in Canada, with CANABUS and KUSHMAN among rejects. Other plates like M0HITJ0 and YAGER were rejected for relating to alcohol.