Shatner wants Harper’s job

posted at 9:25 am on February 24, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

From the Too Weird to Check files: William Shatner wants to be Prime Minister of Canada.  The star of Star Trek has reportedly set his sights on a place where many men have gone before, only they usually got there through years of political career-building.  But was he serious?

The 77-year-old star said: “My intention is to be Prime Minister of Canada, not Governor General, which is mainly a ceremonial position.”

Shatner revealed his lofty ambition in response to a letter from a fan who urged him to put himself forward for the Governor General of Canada. …

In his letter, Shatner regretfully added: “I must, with my deepest thanks, turn down your honourable intent to advance me as Governor General. Besides which, I don’t have time to be Governor General.” Despite his busy schedule, the actor is confident he has what it takes to run the country, explaining: “As Prime Minister I can lead Canada into even greater exploits.”

Such an effort might provide a bit of fun.  Who would Shatner name for his cabinet, given the chance?  And who would write his lines?  Jack Layton?

Alas, this sounds like a joke from Shatner, teasing the fan who suggested he take the largely-ceremonial position of Governor General.  He wouldn’t accept that, anyway.  He learned in Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan never to give up command for a desk job.  (via The Corner)

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Kahn!!!!!!!!!!

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on February 24, 2009 at 9:28 AM

So, even the Shat has no idea how Parliament works.

He can’t be Prime Minister unless he leads a party that has the most seats in the House. Guess what? There isn’t a single party that will have him as leader. Ergo, he’ll never be PM.

Yes, this “so and so for PM” deal is one of my pet peeves.

Krydor on February 24, 2009 at 9:32 AM

Shatner and Barack…. what could go wrong?

originalpechanga on February 24, 2009 at 9:33 AM

“Denny Crane!”

Doughboy on February 24, 2009 at 9:35 AM

We have Geordi La Forge and Lt. Worf in the White House, why not have Kirk as PM of Canada?

I volunteer Hacks and Getaclue for the role of expendable red shirt security guy.

Bishop on February 24, 2009 at 9:36 AM

Shatner and Barack…. what could go wrong?

originalpechanga on February 24, 2009 at 9:33 AM

This. I wouldn’t want to be around during the middle 21st century.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on February 24, 2009 at 9:37 AM

Crane as Canuck PM would make better sense than B Hussein O as POTUS.

OmahaConservative on February 24, 2009 at 9:37 AM

Look at it this way: if it doesn’t work out for Shatner being Canada’s Prime Minister, he can hop through the Guardian of Forever, and change history so that he never did aspire to the post. Given that chance for a muligan, why not have him be PM?

radjah shelduck on February 24, 2009 at 9:39 AM

We need to get Dave Rywalls take on this.

hawkdriver on February 24, 2009 at 9:40 AM

Big question: Is there enough natural resources to sustain Teh Shat’s hairpiece during his tenure?

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on February 24, 2009 at 9:40 AM

Besides, it would be a lot better jumping through the Guardian of Forever to become PM than to make out with Joan Collins.

radjah shelduck on February 24, 2009 at 9:40 AM

“Priceline Negotiator!”

CP on February 24, 2009 at 9:41 AM

“Priceline Negotiator!”

CP on February 24, 2009 at 9:41 AM

lol, really! Would Nofee be his Minister of Defense?

hawkdriver on February 24, 2009 at 9:43 AM

funny vid. of Shatner on gun control.

CONTENT WARNING-some cursing, violence.

JiangxiDad on February 24, 2009 at 9:43 AM

If him being PM of Canada would get him off my tv (Priceline commercials drive me insane), I’m all for that.

In seriousness, though, Shatner loves to self-parody, and I don’t think he’s being even a little serious here.

Anna on February 24, 2009 at 9:43 AM

Khaaaaaaaaannn…ada!

I never knew he was Canadian.

Glenn Jericho on February 24, 2009 at 9:44 AM

Sure. Go for it.

SoulGlo on February 24, 2009 at 9:45 AM

Well, he does have first hand experience with tribbles…and he’ll always be in good shape as long as there’s a red shirt on the landing party.

Fletch54 on February 24, 2009 at 9:46 AM

Obama is a better actor than Shatner. Shatner is more entertaining. [tongue inserted in cheek]

ArmchairEnergist on February 24, 2009 at 9:46 AM

Even as a big Star Trek fan and even bigger Shatner fan I must say that Canada’s liberalism is a likely fit with the communist like and yet unreleastic eutopia of the the Federation of Planets.

So many red shirt guys, so little time.

shick on February 24, 2009 at 9:47 AM

Just a couple more dilithium crystals and Shatner will be ready to complete his fantasy.

Athlete on February 24, 2009 at 9:48 AM

well if Caroline can be senator and Ted’s wife can take his seat and …

mph on February 24, 2009 at 9:48 AM

I have this image of Shat in T.J. Hooker gear riding on the hood of the prime minister’s limousine.

Mr. D on February 24, 2009 at 9:48 AM

JiangxiDad on February 24, 2009 at 9:43 AM

Keep ‘em loaded and close at hand.

OmahaConservative on February 24, 2009 at 9:49 AM

Even if he was Prime Minister, his magnum opus would still be T.J. Hooker!

lm10001 on February 24, 2009 at 9:49 AM

Bishop on February 24, 2009 at 9:36 AM

hahaha I second that nomination!

becki51758 on February 24, 2009 at 9:50 AM

I don’t care what people say. Shatner is the coolest and funniest mofo evah! I love that guy.

His nonfiction books are hilarious.

Ampersand on February 24, 2009 at 9:51 AM

Ever seen an image of Tim Russ as Tuvok in Star Trek Voyager? Basically Obama as a Vulcan. No wonder Shatner thinks he can run Canada.

jon1979 on February 24, 2009 at 9:51 AM

I never knew he was Canadian.

Glenn Jericho on February 24, 2009 at 9:44 AM

Scads of actors are from Canada… especially ones on science fiction shows nowadays (they’re all filmed up there anyway). But yeah, back in the day, lots of them came to the states to act. Still do.

Anna on February 24, 2009 at 9:51 AM

Last thought. Would having cheated on the Kobayashi Maru training exercise in the fleet academy be a big enough scandal to disqualify him? I mean, it’s not like he cheated on his federation taxes.

hawkdriver on February 24, 2009 at 9:52 AM

Um, psst, Canada, just a couple of names you might want to remember in case you’re thinking of Bill Shatner: Arnold Schwarzenegger & Jesse Ventura.

None of those three is a Reagan.

rbj on February 24, 2009 at 9:52 AM

LOL. He can take his Shirley Schmidt blowup doll to his first state dinner. He’ll have to swap the cheerleading outfit for a ball-gown though.

BacaDog on February 24, 2009 at 9:52 AM

77 years old!?!? Whoa.

pastorjim67 on February 24, 2009 at 9:52 AM

KAAAAHNNN, Eh?

Mazztek on February 24, 2009 at 9:56 AM

Wasn’t the Governor General Michaelle Jean the one who quashed the “Liberal Coup”?

Seems like the position is a bit less ceremonial than Shatner thinks.

unclesmrgol on February 24, 2009 at 9:56 AM

Sounds like a demotion.

Peace… or UTTER DESTRUCTION… it’s up to you.”

profitsbeard on February 24, 2009 at 10:10 AM

funny vid. of Shatner on gun control.

CONTENT WARNING-some cursing, violence.

JiangxiDad on February 24, 2009 at 9:43 AM

You just made my day.

gwelf on February 24, 2009 at 10:13 AM

The track record for actors turning politicians isn’t that great, and I highly doubt Shatner would be an exception to the rule.

txaggie on February 24, 2009 at 10:25 AM

Considering the way he dealt with KHAAAAAAAAAAN!, and the evr increasin number of Muslims in Canada, he might be just who they need runnin’ that joint right now…

I mean, he couldn’t be any more inept that…Obama!

RocketmanBob on February 24, 2009 at 10:28 AM

Fascinating.

Sefton on February 24, 2009 at 10:32 AM

JiangxiDad on February 24, 2009 at 9:43 AM

OK. I’m sold. When can he start?

Heh.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on February 24, 2009 at 10:42 AM

Their liberals Jim, just not as you know them.

BL@KBIRD on February 24, 2009 at 10:47 AM

I don’t think Shatner takes himself seriously.
At least, not any more.

Count to 10 on February 24, 2009 at 10:54 AM

He’s dead, Jim.

CyberCipher on February 24, 2009 at 11:01 AM

Personally, I think Shatner should run for governor of California. He couldn’t be any worse than Arnold.

Percy_Peabody on February 24, 2009 at 11:18 AM

I can hear lots of expatriates saying: “I’m not going back, Jim.”

KillerKane on February 24, 2009 at 11:23 AM

I have all his albums. I especially like his falsetto on Do Ya Think I’m Sexy.

whitetop on February 24, 2009 at 11:25 AM

Personally, I think Shatner should run for governor of California. He couldn’t be any worse than Arnold.

Percy_Peabody on February 24, 2009 at 11:18 AM

Why not? He wouldn’t be the first Canadian elected governor. See Jennifer Granholm of my home state of Michigan. (I know she’s a legal US citizen. If that’s the best we can expect from Canadian ex-pats, Teh Shat couldn’t be that bad.)

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on February 24, 2009 at 11:32 AM

I look forward to the military expansion of Canada under Captain Kirk.

We come in peace, shoot to kill, shoot to kill, shoot to kill
We come in peace, shoot to kill, shoot to kill, men.

Snowed In on February 24, 2009 at 12:17 PM

Come on Canada, beam his butt up there.

hip shot on February 24, 2009 at 1:13 PM

Iiiiiiiiiiggggggyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!

YYZ on February 24, 2009 at 1:14 PM

I LOVE Denny Crane (even named my newest pup that!). Hell, Shatner certainly couldn’t any worse than ol’ Crooked Lip (that is Jean Chretien for you Yanks :)

pcbedamned on February 24, 2009 at 1:37 PM

Sorry, that should read ‘do any worse’… (Never type just after you wake up before the caffeine hits your brain).

pcbedamned on February 24, 2009 at 1:38 PM

I thought he became a US Citizen years ago.
Although as the Priceline Negotiator, he might sell us Canada, so that we wouldn’t have to invade them later.

Iblis on February 24, 2009 at 1:49 PM

We have Geordi La Forge and Lt. Worf in the White House,

Bishop on February 24, 2009 at 9:36 AM

If only. At least we’d have someone who appreciated the military and someone who knew how things worked.

baldilocks on February 24, 2009 at 1:50 PM

funny vid. of Shatner on gun control.

CONTENT WARNING-some cursing, violence.

JiangxiDad on February 24, 2009 at 9:43 AM

Me like!

baldilocks on February 24, 2009 at 1:52 PM

Ever seen an image of Tim Russ as Tuvok in Star Trek Voyager? Basically Obama as a Vulcan.

jon1979 on February 24, 2009 at 9:51 AM

Russ doesn’t look anything like Obama.

baldilocks on February 24, 2009 at 1:54 PM

Khaaaaaaaaannn…ada!

I never knew he was Canadian.

Glenn Jericho on February 24, 2009 at 9:44 AM

And just like Nimoy, Shatner is Jewish.

A Jewish actor as Canadian PM. I’d love to see that movie.

AaronGuzman on February 24, 2009 at 2:13 PM

A quote from IMDb.

“We were basically one and the same, although Jim [Kirk] was just about perfect, and, of course, I am perfect.”

Now that’s the type of guy I can deal with.

AaronGuzman on February 24, 2009 at 2:19 PM

Leonard Nimoy: Shatner as Prime Minister of Canada–that would be illogical, Captain.

Bones, take him to sickbay.

Steve Z on February 24, 2009 at 2:23 PM

Spock would be his vice-prime minister, logically.

TheSitRep on February 24, 2009 at 2:34 PM

This. I wouldn’t want to be around during the middle 21st century.
Dr.Cwac.Cwac on February 24, 2009 at 9:37 AM

Well, looks like we’re headed for this…..
Past_Tense_(DS9_episode)

misterspork on February 24, 2009 at 3:45 PM

Headin down to Eden..yay brother….

johnnyU on February 24, 2009 at 6:58 PM

Shatner could be Prime Minister. It’s not difficult to start a party or run as head of an old one. People here are fed up with the two main parties.

And yeah, he’s totally joking. This is standard fare for him.

MrX on February 24, 2009 at 7:27 PM

There was one Shatner quote that always struck me as both insane and valid:

“[War] is instinctive. But the instinct can be fought. We’re human beings with the blood of a million savage years on our hands! But we can stop it. We can admit that we’re killers…but we’re not going to kill…..today. That’s all it takes! Knowing that we’re not going to kill…..today!” — Kirk, A Taste Of Armageddon

Jones Zemkophill on February 24, 2009 at 8:28 PM