Manitoba Public Insurance’s policy for personalized license plates prohibits the use of “phrases or innuendoes that may be considered offensive or suggestive, or political messages of any description, in any language.”
If you or anyone you know thinks of doing business with this company make sure that your dollars aren’t going to be used to finance war against Ukraine and crimes against humanity!
Apparently Mr. Igor is not even denying his intentions and thinks it’s funny…Let’s start with hundreds of complaints to MPI:
1) Click on this on-line form: http://apps.mpi.mb.ca/english/contact/s_contact/inquiries.asp
2) Share your thoughts. Here’s the template:
Dear Sir or Madam,
I am writing to lodge a complaint against a personalized licence plate issued by MPI. The plate in question reads “HOBOPOC”. While the plate lacks meaning when spelt in English letters, this licence plate has very clear political message in Cyrillic, which is the owner’s admitted intent. In Cyrillic, HOBOPOC means a citizen of “Novorossiya”. In turn, “Novorossiya”, literally new Russia, is a term used by pro-Russian illegal armed groups operating in Eastern Ukraine and, their sate-sponsor, Russian Federation to describe the parts of Ukraine they have occupied and aim to occupy in the future. For clarity, these are the same armed groups that are responsible for the shooting down of the Malaysia Airlines civilian aeroplane (MH17) on July 17th, 2014. To date, the activities of these groups have claimed the lives of over 4,000 and have been ruled to be acts of aggression by both governments, such as those of Canada, United States, and Netherlands, and supra-national organizations, such as NATO.
Clearly, the licence plate in question violates MPI policy with respect to the prohibition of political messaging. It is also clearly aimed to taunt and insult those who disapprove of these armed groups, most of all people of Ukrainian descent. Furthermore, any doubt about the intent has been removed by the fact that the owner has emailed the publication that first shed light on this matter, thanking them for the “advertising”; the story can be found here (http://www.ukrainianwinnipeg.ca/alenas-electrical-ltd-supports-russian-state-terrorism/). I can only imagine that the plate in question was initially approved in error and trust that MPI will revoke the licence plate at the earliest opportunity.
I thank you for your attention to this matter and eagerly await your response,
UPD3: MPI has canceled “НОВОРОС” plate number!