Canadian Anti-Hate Network
A “white separatist” who is a member of an openly neo-Nazi organization and has appeared at the anti-lockdown protests in Toronto, has been revealed to be Matthew McCausland, a Brampton, Ontario man claiming to be a paralegal candidate.
McCausland also runs a variety of social media accounts that he uses to push out a regular stream of posts to troll his political rivals and push pro-Nazi conspiracism.
McCausland first came to our attention as a participant in the White Lives Matter Toronto chat, on an encrypted messaging app. He claims to have attended the failed Queen’s Park protest that was quickly dispersed by police on April 11. Chat logs from the day indicate he arrived after two protesters holding signs with pro-white slogans were told to leave the area and two others were seen being routed by police.
“Looks like the cops are gone,” he wrote after the other four members had reportedly left. While asked to remain until other participants arrived, it appears he was the only one during this time. No others report arriving afterwards.
McCausland is also a member of an explicitly neo-Nazi organization that has recently been postering in towns and suburbs in Ontario. Logs show him actively attempting to recruit for the organization among the WLM group, directing members to its website. At least one other participant in the same chat is also a member of the Folkish Resistance Movement.
Posters from FRM include references to a variety of antisemitic themes, inform observers that “Hitler was right,” and one that shows all of North America united under FRM’s stylized swastika, preceded by the words “Manifest Destiny.” The group, based primarily out of the United States, pushes an “optics friendly” version of National Socialism through banner drops and postering campaigns. Several members were arrested for trespassing in August 2020 after unfurling a pro-Hitler banner in Arizona.
Borrowing its name and style from the Nordic Resistance Movement, a pro-Hitler, neo-Nazi organization that organizes across Scandinavia, FRM looks to create a state for “only White people(s) of good stock,” with a unique set of laws for citizens and others for “aliens.”
McCausland has also been active in a chat group for NRM supporters.
Images taken from an FRM channel on an encrypted messaging app.
Online McCausland uses a variety of aliases, primarily variations of his real last name, including “Matt MacDwinnel,” “Matt MacDòmhnall,” “MacDunnell,” “Mac Donald,” “the_mattad0r,” and “CanuckWaffen” on a variety of social platforms. Previous profile photos include him wearing a half-face skull mask, the MacDonald Clan tartan, and sharing many of these same photographs across his numerous accounts.
Besides sharing violent videos of assaults by or on people of colour and propaganda images, he specifically has expressed reverence for the leader of the British Union of Fascists, Oswald Mosley. While mostly keeping to frequent talking points used by white nationalists, he is less than shy when it comes to his reverence for fascism.
“A fascist state could work, so long as it’s directed at benefiting the people of the nation,” he wrote on Facebook. “Communism never works because communism is simply about undermining the native population so that Zionists can control the nation from within like a parasite.”
One of the accounts includes a video of McCausland burning a letter sent to him via the Conservative Party of Canada.
“The conservative party no longer reflects my values, it no longer reflects the values of Canadians,” he said. While the letter had most of his personal details obscured, McCausland’s first and last name were still visible. Inserting the mail into a pile of brush, the footage shows McCausland lighting the letter on fire.
“You don’t represent me,” he adds, as the paper goes up in flames, the words he added in pen -- “For Derek Sloan and Roman Baber” -- turning quickly to ash.
Describing himself as a “white separatist,” in another video McCausland reveals his detailed plans to create an ethnostate.
“I’m here to talk about the situation that white Europeans are in,” he said in a video he posted to YouTube.
“There’s this big push everywhere to out-populate the white race in their own nations. We can see the consequences of this. We have different groups fighting for political power for their race. It’s just a constant struggle. We’re projected to become the minority for all our own countries within the next 50 to 100 years, even sooner in some places.”
His solution? Northern Scotland.
“We need to create communities by our people for our people that are self-sustaining and outside of this Jewish system that has taken control everywhere.”
Focusing on Scotland likely due to his own heritage and the recent gains of the Scottish Nationalist Party, he believes that white people need “access to the North Sea,” and to begin buying large tracts of land. While the SNP has had success in the country’s politics, McCausland says, “however, [Nicola Sturgeon] is a communist and has done literally nothing the six, seven years she’s been in power.”
“Scotland, the call is there for them to be free and independent from England, but they don’t have strong leadership.”
Specifically, he points to the Orkney Islands, a small, sparsely populated arpeggio of 70 islands that sits off the northern coast of the country. Despite saying he’d be willing to accept all manner of white Europeans, the region is only about 990 square kilometres of mostly agricultural land.
Staunchly anti-vaccine and opposed to the lockdowns, photos posted to McCausland’s social media show him attending several protests in Toronto. In one image, he is wearing a shirt bearing the logo of Hugs Over Masks. In another, he stands smiling next to People’s Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernier.
Opposing lockdown policy is not a hateful position, but Canada and much of the world have seen far-right figures and groups glom onto the movement as they attempt to recruit and divert attention towards themselves. A recent report from the Government of Canada noted an RCMP assessment that the restrictions, including Iockdown measures, put in place during the pandemic could result in people “accessing extremist echo chambers” and that the “risk is magnified by the challenges of social isolation and financial hardship during restrictions.”
So far, familiar figures on the lockdown have included anti-Muslim vlogger Kevin Johnston, Pat King, overt neo-Nazi Mike Bolton and more. New faces to emerge during the pandemic come with their own set of problems as well. Anti-mask influencer Chris “Sky” Saccoccia was recently found to have made numerous posts supporting antisemitic conspiracy theories before his rise to prominence. Saccoccia has not denounced these posts.
Interestingly enough, McCausland previously showed interest in some themes typically found among, though not exclusive to, QAnon followers. In the summer of 2020, he made several posts including references to “Pizzagate,” “Frazzledrip,” and “Adrenochrome,” all parts of increasingly outlandish conspiracies. By March 2021, however, he was openly mocking “Q folk” with antisemitic memes.
Requests for comment from Mathew McCausland were not returned by time of publication.
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