The Nova Scotia authorities withdrew a man’s licence plate, arguing that Lorne Grabher’s surname could be a hit on women.
Mr. Grabher said he customized his license plate several decades ago to mark the anniversary of his late father.
He believes that the government’s refusal to renew its plate at the end of last year was unfair.
Ministry of Transport spokesman Brian Taylor said if Mr. Grabher’s German origins are known to the authorities, they are not public.
The plaque had been the subject of a complaint last October by a woman who considered her a misogynist.
The license plate customization program allows the Nova Scotia government to refuse names that are deemed offensive, socially unacceptable or in bad taste.
Mr. Taylor argued that the department had approved Mr. Grabher’s application in the first year of the program, when the regulations were in its infancy.
The official in charge had probably not interpreted “Grabher” as the public is likely to do today, he added.
Taylor, however, denies any connection with Donald Trump, who in 2005 claimed to grab women by their genitals.
Lorne Grabher, however, is indignant that his son obtained the same plaque in Alberta without hiccups.
Other provinces, such as Ontario, however, have similar restrictions over sexually or profane licensing plates.