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Video: NDP leader and Trekkie John Horgan picks his political landing party

NDP Leader and self-confessed ‘Sci-Fi geek’ was drawn to Star Trek for its vision of an egalitarian society

Trekkie John Horgan picks his landing team.

Jennifer Gauthier/Metro

Trekkie John Horgan picks his landing team.

When John Horgan isn’t taking the Liberal party to task, the leader of the B.C. New Democrats can be found taking in an episode of Star Trek.

That’s right— Horgan is a Trekkie.

The MLA for Juan de Fuca took a break from policy and politics recently to sit down with Metro and share details about his love of all things science fiction, and show off his Star Trek memorabilia, including his command badge and matching socks.

“I’m a sci-fi geek,” he told Metro. “I like fantasy. When I’m looking for fiction, I tend to go for things that are just not plausible.”

As a young boy growing up in Saanich, Horgan said he fondly remembers watching episodes of Star Trek when the popular television series first aired.

“I’m colour blind,” he explained. “What attracted me to Star Trek is that it was one of the first colour programs that came on television when I was a young kid.”

What kept Horgan watching, however, was the show’s optimistic and idealistic vision of the future, with messages like “good triumphs over evil,” “the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few,” and “live long and prosper” becoming a common theme in each episode.

“These are simple things that kind of meant something to me as I was growing up,” he said. “And they became a little bit of my political philosophy as well.”

Horgan almost had an opportunity to unleash his inner Trekkie last summer when the latest movie in the science fiction franchise, Star Trek Beyond, was being filmed in Vancouver.

He and fellow Trekkie, Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungall, contacted the casting director with the hopes of becoming extras in the film— but their attempts were futile.

Right before filming was set to begin, Horgan said he heard back that the director was “looking for a younger demographic” and that the “costume design is for a small individual.”

“So I said, ‘I’m too old and I’m too fat,’” he said with a laugh.

Who would B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan pick for his Star Trek landing party?

1. MLA Michelle Mungall, Nelson-Creston

Why? “She’s the co-chair of the NDP ‘geek caucus.’ She and I tried really hard to get on as extras in the Star Trek film that was filmed here in Vancouver last summer.”

2. MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert, Vancouver-West End

Horgan initially named Dr. Tom Perry, former MLA for Vancouver-Point Grey and Vancouver-Little Mountain, as the real-life doctor on his landing party but contacted Metro to ask that a current MLA Chandra Herbert be allowed to take his place.

3. Mike Farnworth, MLA for Port Coquitlam

Why: He’s the “engineer who solves all the problems.”

4. Carole James, MLA for Victoria-Beacon Hill

Why? She’s “getting us there on time and on budget.”

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