William Shatner wants to beam into the Canadian prime minister's job

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Is the Great White North ready for Captain Kirk to take it into the future?

Montreal-born William Shatner says he wants to be prime minister of Canada, the New Zealand newspaper Web site reported.

The 77-year-old Star Trek actor revealed his ambition in response to a letter from a fan who urged him to put himself forward for governor general of Canada.

"My intention is to be prime minister of Canada, not governor general, which is mainly a ceremonial position," he reportedly wrote.

Shatner 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. ... As Prime Minister I can lead Canada into even greater exploits."