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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Set phasers to "legislate"

William Shatner is making a bit of news today. Apparently, a Canadian wrote the Canadian-born star a letter mentioning that he wanted Mr. Shatner to allow his name to stand as a possible future Governor General of Canada.

Mr. Shatner replied in a letter of his own that while he is still too busy with his acting career to be Governor General, he might be interested in another job--being Prime Minister of Canada. "As Prime Minister I can lead Canada into even greater exploits," he added. I suspect he is having a bit of fun with the idea.   

Posted by Rick Hiebert on February 21, 2009 | Permalink


He'd be better than the current Gov General who appears to think she's the president of Haiti.

Will PM Shatner take the oath of office on a copy of TekWar? :)

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2009-02-21 2:52:13 PM

Bring it on. We need some Klingon cops.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2009-02-21 2:58:22 PM

Does anyone realize that most MPs will be reduced to the level of the stereotypical redshirts? Oh wait, they already are? :)

Just once: Shatner and Layton fight it out in the House of Commons to the legendary Star Trek fight music.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2009-02-21 3:08:54 PM

Will he abandon the Canadian dollar in favor of the quatloo? :) Sorry couldn't resist.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2009-02-21 3:10:11 PM

He is still acting? In what?

Posted by: Moin | 2009-02-22 12:24:15 AM

Shatner plays the only believable character he can play: himself.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2009-02-22 7:39:21 AM

Zeb, you should know that in the 23rd century they don't use money.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2009-02-22 10:02:33 AM

I take that back: Shatner can only play a caricature of himself, and even then not well.

Shane: what about latinum? The Federation might not use money, but others do.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2009-02-22 10:10:58 AM

Shatner has one of the most recognized faces on the planet, and he's conservative. Alas, he's Jewish. That wouldn't go over well with the union voters.

Zeb- you're kidding, right? Shatner is the greatest actor who's ever lived.

Posted by: dp | 2009-02-22 10:53:18 AM

dp: doesn't say much about the acting profession!

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2009-02-22 11:03:27 AM

Gold-pressed latinum only comes in handy when dealing with the Ferengi. To date I've made no confirmed sightings, though there are a couple of maybes. :-)

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2009-02-22 12:14:05 PM

dp, Shatner is a beloved actor, which is not necessarily a reflection on his abilities. He is best remembered for playing Captain Kirk, a role he has played so memorably that it is hard to imagine anyone else ever surpassing him in that role; but part of the measure of an actor's talent is the ability to play a broad range of roles, and in this Shatner has achieved less fame.

BTW, there is broad agreement that the best actors in the world are those of the Royal Shakespeare Company of England. Among its veterans is none other than Patrick Stewart, "Jean-Luc Picard."

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2009-02-22 12:22:46 PM

Zeb, the phrase "phasers on kill" was invented with the person of Jack Layton in mind. And if a barrage of phaser hits doesn't do the job, then a photon torpedo is clearly indicated.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2009-02-22 12:26:19 PM

I happen to know that William Shatner is a paintball enthusiast. Almost every paintball enthusiast I know tends to have pretty strong libertarian leanings (a bi-product of being the target of municipal bylaws preventing them from playing on public lands). As such, I make the entirely spurious and tenuous conclusion that voters could do a hell of a lot worse than William Shatner as a member of parliament. At the very least, his riding association might have really interesting fundraisers!

Posted by: anonymous | 2009-02-22 2:07:34 PM

Regarding Bill Shatner's acting ability: In his formative years, he was once Christopher Plummer's understudy for a performance of Henry the Fifth (if my memory serves correctly). One night when Plummer was ill Shatner took the stage and got rave reviews by doing the opposite of Plummer at almost every opportunity. If Plummer stood up to say a line, Shatner sat down. Apparently Plummer is quoted as saying something like, "the son-of-a-bitch nailed it." Take that for what it's worth, but Star Trek VI will always be my favourite of the movies. Hehehe.

Posted by: anonymous | 2009-02-22 2:11:59 PM

If Shatner ever entered Cdn politics, then, well, I have to say it:

I'm not going back, Jim.

Yeah, you saw that coming.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2009-02-22 3:23:55 PM

If Shatner ever entered Canadian politics, he'd last all of five hours in the House of Commons before flipping open the communicator and saying, "Beam me up, Scotty; there's no life on this planet."

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2009-02-22 3:36:36 PM

No Shane, he'd say.

"Kirk...to...Enterprise. Beam me up...there's...no life...on this....planet."

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2009-02-22 4:29:28 PM

The truly classic Trek line would be, "it's life Jim, but not as we know it." ;-)

Posted by: anonymous | 2009-02-22 5:15:53 PM

I say Douglas Rain, the voice of HAL from Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" should be PM. His voice alone could ease tensions - until we had to expose ourselves to space to go unplug him.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2009-02-22 5:28:23 PM

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