Canadian Anti-Hate Network
Defacto leader of Diagolon, Jeremy MacKenzie has been arrested by the RCMP, after a previously issued warrant for his arrest in Saskatchewan was made Canada-wide on Wednesday.
His arrest has been confirmed by the Saskatchewan division of the RCMP. He is facing four charges in the province, including assault, mischief and two new gun offences.
The arrest was first reported on social media by MacKenzie’s partner, Morgan Guptill.
"Saskatoon RCMP received a report in March 2022 of an assault that occurred in November 2021 in the Rural Municipality of Viscount in Saskatchewan," Saskatchewan RCMP told the Canadian Anti-Hate Network in a previous statement.
The 36-year-old live streamer is charged with the following:
- 1 count, assault, section 266 of the Criminal Code
- 1 count, point a firearm, section 87(2) of the Criminal Code
- 1 count, use a restricted weapon in a careless manner, section 86(1) of the Criminal Code
- 1 count, mischief, section 430(4) of the Criminal Code
MacKenzie did not respond to a request for comment from CAHN, but told iPolitics he was not in Saskatchewan during the time an alleged “shooting party” took place – the supposed source of the charges.
He added that “a lunatic on a vendetta” is behind the allegations.
Speculation initially flew within Daigolon’s online space that the arrests were related to recent statements by MacKenzie about Anaida Poilievre, the wife of Conservative Party of Canada leader Pierre Poilievre.
MacKenzie was recorded joking about sexually assaulting Anaida Poilievre during another live stream that serves as an “after party” to his own. The opposition leader responded with a statement condemning MacKenzie, adding that he would be contacting the RCMP.
“People can attack my politics, they can call me names, they can protest my ideas and what I stand for,” Pierre Poilievre said in his statement. “But threatening my wife and family is appalling and I will not tolerate it. Leave my family alone.”
Ongoing Legal Trouble
MacKenzie, a live streamer and accelerationist influencer responsible for the creation of Diagolon, has faced a series of legal troubles and negative publicity over the past year.
The former member of the Canadian Armed Forces has been charged with harassment and mischief related to a March 2022 protest outside the home of the province’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Robert Strang.
Other charges from the same incident include intimidation of a health professional and making harassing phone calls. Another individual, Morgan May Guptill, a COVID-conspiracy activist and MacKenzie’s partner, has been charged with the same offences.
In January 2022, shortly before MacKenzie would travel to Ottawa to support the blockade protests that snarled the city’s downtown, police raided his Nova Scotia home. RCMP allegedly found five restricted firearms, prohibited magazines, body armour, and ammunition.
According to the search warrant and a statement by police, an investigation began “after a video was posted to social media of a man, in a business, waving a handgun around in a reckless manner and allegedly having an overcapacity magazine.”
Police said they determined the incident occurred on Whycocomagh Mountain Road in Whycocomagh, Nova Scotia.
MacKenzie has since been charged with 13 firearm offences, including three counts of careless use of a firearm and three counts of unauthorized possession of a firearm.
“On January 26, as part of the investigation, police executed a search warrant at a home on High St. in Pictou,” the RCMP say in their release. “During the search, police located and seized five restricted firearms including rifles and handguns, one unrestricted firearm, prohibited magazines, ammunition, body armour, a duty belt with attached holster and magazine pouches and cellular phones.”
According to law enforcement, the suspect, “a 35-year-old Pictou man,” attended the Pictou RCMP Detachment prior to the search warrant execution and was arrested without incident. He was later released on conditions, which include that he does not possess any firearms, weapons, ammunition or explosive substances.
In February, at least two members of the Diagolon community were among those arrested in Coutts, Alberta during the region’s border blockades. The RCMP allege that a cache of firearms and body armour seized during the arrests were intended to be used against law enforcement if they attempted to disrupt the protests.
“The group was said to have a willingness to use force against the police if any attempts were made to disrupt the blockade,” Alberta RCMP wrote in a press release. “This resulted in an immediate and complex investigation to determine the extent of the threat and criminal organization.”
Police note seizing 13 long guns, an unspecified number of handguns, multiple sets of body armour, high-capacity magazines, and a machete. One set of the pictured armour displays the white and black flag of Diagolon and MacKenzie previously appeared in a picture with Chris Lysak, one of the men charged in the plot to attack police.
"I was made aware someone unknown to us was handing them out (patches). I have no idea who they belong to," MacKenzie told CAHN at the time when reached for comment. "Our guy that makes and sells them sent them all over the country to anybody that wanted them, they could literally have come from anywhere. That's the truth."