Three things the government can do to fight far-right extremism
Comments by Prime Minister and Cabinet suggest government considering meaningful actions
April 2, 2019
Canadian Anti-Hate Network
Top left: III%ers; top right: La Meute; bottom left: Northern Guard; centre: Darren Jones, former Saskatchewan VP for the Northern Guard posing in front of Nazi flags; bottom right: the Soldiers of Odin
The Canadian government is currently considering legislation to address the problem of far-right extremism and far-right terror. While legislation is only one part of a larger solution that must include anti-racist activism, quality journalism, and social and legal consequences, we are cautiously optimistic about the prospect of any new tools to counter hate groups.
Here are three things the government can do to fight far-right extremism.
1. Bring back Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act so that the worst of the worst individuals and groups can be held accountable for authoring and sharing hate content.
Section 13 made it possible for any Canadian to make a complaint to the Canadian Human Rights Commission regarding individuals or groups communicating hate online. If the CHRC found the complaint to be reasonable, it would go to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, a semi-judicial body which could order a cease and desist and a small fine. If the individual refused to stop, they would be in contempt of court and may face jail time.
This legal tool to address the spread of hatred was found constitutional by the Supreme Court, but removed by the Conservative government nonetheless in 2013. There are relatively few tools to address unrepentant hate propagandists in its absence.
This will only be useful if the CHRC and Tribunal are sufficiently resourced.
2. Enforce the Canadian Human Rights Act regarding social media companies
While we welcome the news that Facebook will begin removing white nationalist content from their platform in the wake of the Christchurch terrorist attack, social media companies have a demonstrated track record that they are unwilling to sufficiently self-regulate and will only act on hate if compelled by extreme public outcry or legal tools.
The Canadian Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination or harassment in the delivery of a service in Canada to members of the public.
In allowing overt racist and bigoted discrimination and harassment to exist on their platforms, social media companies provide a service that exposes some individuals to materials that dehumanize, demean, and endanger them on the basis of prohibited grounds of discrimination. Under Canadian law these companies already have an obligation to remove hate content but the Canadian Human Rights Commission has failed to enforce the law. We need to see this enforced and billion-dollar social media companies need to respect the domestic laws in Canada and other countries in which they operate.
Additional legislation introducing significant financial penalties for social media companies that fail to quickly review and remove content designed to expose a person or persons to hatred or contempt on the basis of a prohibited ground of discrimination would add teeth to this preexisting obligation.
3. The RCMP and CSIS should invest a significant amount of resources towards monitoring right-wing extremism and undertake proactive interventions in the community.
All available information suggests that the RCMP and CSIS are not investing resources to properly monitor right-wing extremism. In October 2018, a RCMP spokesperson went on record to say that the Soldiers of Odin aren’t a threat - despite evidence, including a report from the Canada Border Services Agency, which states the SOO are “not afraid to use violence to achieve objectives.”
Another spokesperson told a reporter that they don’t know who or what the Proud Boys are. CSIS stopped investigating right-wing extremism in March 2016, and only started again after the Quebec mosque shooting in January, 2017.
Former CSIS analyst Jessica Davis echoes these concerns, calling for "resources [to] be assigned proportionally and in line with those that have been assigned to combat the al-Qaeda and Islamic State terrorism threat."
On March 28, foreign affairs minister Chrystia Freeland told the UN Security Council that “neo-Nazis, white supremacists, incels, nativists, and radical anti-globalists who resort to violent acts are a threat to the stability of my country and countries around the world,” and that it "need[s] to be at the top of our agenda when we talk about confronting terrorism.”
Ralph Goodale has said more than just research needs to be done to address right-wing extremism in Canada, which may include legislation targeting social media companies.
The Prime Minister acknowledged that right-wing extremist, white nationalist and neo-Nazi terrorist groups are “alive in Canada” in his remarks following the Christchurch terrorist attack.
Notorious anti-LBGTQ+ activist Bill Whatcott ordered to pay $55,000 for anti-trans flyers
While victory sets a strong legal precedent, it also underscores need for better legislation
March 28, 2019
Canadian Anti-Hate Network
On March 27, the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal ruled that notorious homophobe Bill Whatcott’s anti-trans flyers targeting Morgane Oger were a discriminatory publication likely to expose a person or a group or class of persons to hatred or contempt. The Tribunal has ordered Whatcott to pay Oger a total of $55,000.
Oger ran as the NDP Candidate in Vancouver – False Creek in 2017. During her campaign Whatcott distributed 1500 copies of an anti-LGBTQ+ flyer referring to Morgane as a “transvestite” in the riding and published it online. She lost the election by 400 votes.
Whatcott is well known for his anti-LGBTQ+ screeds and is no stranger to courtrooms. In 2013 he was the subject of a Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) case as the result of flyers, one of which was titled “Keep Homosexuality out of Saskatoon’s Public Schools!”. This resulted in the SCC upholding Canada’s hate speech laws as constitutional. In June of 2018 Whatcott was charged by the Toronto Police Service for infiltrating the Toronto Pride Parade under a fake name in 2016 to hand out ‘anti-sodomy’ pamphlets.
Neo-Nazi Paul Fromm came to Whatcott’s defence as an intervenor in the case under the auspices of his organization, the Canadian Association for Free Expression (CAFE). The Tribunal writes: “the intervention was not helpful and at times constituted an unwelcome and inflammatory distraction.” Further, “CAFE’s comments about Ms. Oger are completely improper and could fairly be the subject of a costs award if made by a party.” CAFE has been recognized as an intervenor in several cases.
Oger’s lawyer Susanna Allevato Quail tells the Toronto Star that the ruling in Oger’s favour sets a legal precedent that it’s not “a legitimate subject of public debate whether or not it’s OK to be transgender or whether transgender people are real.”
While this is a victory for human rights in Canada, not every province has this legislation; legal fees are expensive; and even if the wronged party wins and is awarded restitution and/or costs, they may never recover enough money from the people that wronged them to cover their legal expenses.
Bringing back Section 13 (s. 13) of the Canadian Human Rights Act is one solution which is currently being considered by the House of Commons Justice Committee.
S. 13 made it possible for any Canadian to make a complaint to the Canadian Human Rights Commission regarding individuals or groups communicating hate online. If the CHRC found the complaint to be reasonable, it would go to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, a semi-judicial body which could order a cease and desist and a small fine. If the individual refused to stop, they would be in contempt of court and may face jail time.
Canadian Anti-Hate Member board member Richard Warman researched, filed, and litigated 16 successful complaints against online hate and the individuals and groups responsible under s. 13, resulting in a generation of hatemongers being forced offline.
This legal tool to address the spread of hatred was found constitutional by the Supreme Court, but removed by the Conservative government nonetheless in 2013. There are relatively few tools to address unrepentant hate propagandists in its absence.
The Canadian Anti-Hate Network supports bringing back s. 13, but notes that it will only be a successful tool if the CHRC and Tribunal are sufficiently resourced.
Sault Ste. Marie Yellow Vests organizer Dave Selvers calls immigration minister Ahmed Hussen an “ugly n***** . . . responsible for flooding Canada with useless n***** muslim terrorists.”
Yellow Vests Canada convoy (aka United We Roll) about to arrive in Sault Ste. Marie
February 17, 2019
Canadian Anti-Hate Network
Dave Selvers of Sault Ste. Marie. Source: Facebook.
Content warning: Selvers’ blog posts are not censored in the body of the article.
According to Sault This Week, Dave Selvers started organizing Yellow Vest demonstrations in Sault Ste. Marie in mid-December, bringing together a half dozen others for Saturday protests. He supports the Yellow Vests Convoy (aka United We Roll) and is telling supporters when and where to meet the convoy later today. He is an active member of the Yellow Vests Rebellion Facebook group, a Canadian Yellow Vests Movement page which has 18,000 members and shares a moderator with the United We Roll! Official Convoy For Canada! Facebook group.
In 2017, Selvers was part of an anti-M103 demonstration organized by the Canadian Coalition of Concerned Citizens, an anti-Muslim group. M103 is the government’s motion condemning Islamophobia, that acted as a lightning rod for a fledgling street-level anti-Muslim movement that today is part of the Yellow Vests Canada movement.
Selvers, who has been blogging since at least 2011, targets Muslims, Blacks, women, LGBTQ+ persons and others. He has called for Trudeau, those close to him, and Obama to be hanged.
Update 2019-02-18: A picture uploaded to Selvers' Facebook profile indicates he (or at least one of his branded vehicles) attended the United We Roll convoy meetup in Sault Ste. Marie. Selvers is the President of Millenium Crane Rental Ltd.
On January 19th, 2019 he posted to his blog:
“thanks for the post of your support for our yellow vest movement. I spoke with the media this morning and was told that they are getting a lot of phone calls from people who want to join in and were requesting my phone number...they asked permission to give out my number and I told them yes.
. . .
I'm fighting for the re-instituting of the cultural norms and the Conservative values that Canada once shared so closely with America prior to 1970...I'm fighting against the MARXIST IDEOLOGY that the NWO has polluted our country and our minds with and used subversive dupes, like PIERRE ELLIOT TRUDEAU and his TWERP SON JUSTIN TRUDEAU, to propagate the MARXIST SOCIALIST AGENDA.
. . .
WE'RE OVERRUN WITH MUSLIM TERRORISTS, SUBHUMAN AFRICAN TRASH, MEXICAN FILTH, MIDDLE EAST SWINE AND HAITIAN SCUM, MEANWHILE WHITE CANADA, MAINLY WHITE HETRO MEN, ARE TARGETED FOR GENOCIDE...WE ARE BEING KILLED OFF SLOWLY, AND TRUDEAU, THE DEGENERATE TWERP IN OTTAWA AND USEFUL IDIOT FOR SOROS, IS FACILITATING THIS GENOCIDE.”
On January 1st, 2019 he posted to his blog:
“NO WOMEN IN POLITICS
. . .
Not too many women have qualified for the position of leadership and authority. Those women who have are along the lines of Joan of Arc, Queen Boudica, Margaret Thatcher, Benazir Bhutto and maybe one or two more. The fact is that none of these female character types exist today
. . .
Women do not belong in politics, at least not today's women. I cringe whenever I hear the filthy drivel and incoherent musings of imbicilic wenches like Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters, Barbara Boxer, Elizabeth Warren, Hillary Clinton, and so many more in the political world. Even in media. So many female journalists are indoctrinated into the MARXIST IDEOLOGY and they're ultimately sickening to listen to...as are their predominantly queer male counterparts.”
On July 27, 2018 he posted to his blog:
“FAGGOTS, QUEERS, LGBTQ CIRCUS FREAKS and a prime minister who's the illegitimate son of a psychotic circus whore ( who was no doubt banging Fidel Castro and his communist comrades ) have destroyed this once great country....we are overrun with muslim terrorists, our landfills are overburdened with Chinese trash, our educational system is an indoctrination camp for progressive marxism ( aka liberalism ) and the demented fruitcake who thinks he's prime minister is nothing more than a FAGGOT TWERP and " USEFUL IDIOT " for George Soros, the UN and the " CLUB OF ROME " .”
On November 13, 2017 he posted to his blog:
“TRUDEAU MUST BE ARRESTED AND TRIED IMMEDIATELY FOR TREASON AND UPON BEING FOUND GUILTY EXECUTED....I DESPISE THIS FAGGOT TWERP AS MUCH AS I DO THAT BLACK MUSLIM NIGGER TERRORIST OBAMA, BOTH ARE OF THE SAME RETARDED MIND
. . .
CANADA'S LIBERAL GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED TO KILLING OFF THE WHITE PEOPLE WHO BUILT THIS COUNTRY, LIBERALS ARE THE ENEMY."
On November 23, 2018 he posted to his blog:
“ALL OF THIS COULD BE FIXED TOMORROW IF SOMEONE IN THE MILITARY WAKES UP AND REMOVES trudeau AND HIS FILTHY LIBERAL PARTY FROM OTTAWA. DRAG HIM OUT INTO THE STREET AND PUBLICLY HANG HIM FOR TREASON , AND THOSE CLOSEST TO HIM....OR WE'LL HAVE A CIVIL WAR ON OUR HANDS THE LIKES OF WHICH HAS NEVER BEEN SEEN ON THE NORTH AMERICA CONTINENT.”
With files from a supporter in Sault Ste. Marie. Thank you for the information.
Several media reports, including those by the Calgary Herald and Toronto Star, have reported on the Yellow Vests Canada Convoy, also calling itself 'United We Roll', without making any reference to the overt racism and death threats which have come to characterize the movement.
In response the Canadian Anti-Hate Network sent a press release to every newsroom in Canada. We hope this will contribute to more factual reporting on the movement and convoy as it continues towards Ottawa, arriving on February 19th.
Important context about the Yellow Vests Canada (YVC) convoy, aka ‘United We Roll’
For immediate release
February 14, 2019
• Convoy organizer Glen Carritt says his group still “identifies with the yellow vests” and are welcoming them to the convoy. YVC organizer Tyler Malenfant calls it a Yellow Vests convoy on their main Facebook page.
• The organizers of the convoy express support for anti-Muslim hate groups including Canadian Combat Coalition, Soldiers of Odin, and Worldwide Coalition Against Islam.
• The rebrand from a Yellow Vests Convoy to ‘United We Roll’ is diverting attention from the overt racism and death threats that have come to characterize the Yellow Vests Canada movement. We, Yellow Vests Canada Exposed and Anti-Racist Canada have documented hundreds of examples.
• The hate is mostly directed at Muslims, left-leaning individuals, government, media, and, occasionally, law enforcement. They share conspiracy theories such as: Muslims are behind the Fort McMurray wildfire so they could build a super-mosque. Oil and economic concerns are an issue, but not their primary concern.
• The Yellow Vests movement has been entirely co-opted by the far-right including most extreme anti-Muslim groups in Canada. Their rallies are attended by neo-Nazis like Paul Fromm and Brian Ruhe. Faith Goldy, a self-proclaimed propagandist for the alt-right neo-Nazi movement, spoke at the first Toronto rally and promotes the convoy on Twitter.
• Tony Green, a YVC supporter, was arrested on January 28th after allegedly pointing a firearm at an off-duty RCMP officer. They seized over 100 guns and explosive materials from his house.
• Gregory McNeil, who made death threats towards law enforcement on the YVC page, was sentenced to over five years in prison after pulling a weapon on RCMP officers in 2010. The RCMP found a hidden room full of illegal weapons at his house.
• Yellow Vests Canada represents a public safety threat, according to a briefing note authored by the Canadian Association for Security & Intelligence Studies – Vancouver.
• For more, please see
This context is important. Thank you.
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Correction 2019-02-19: We originally reported that Faith Goldy "held" the first Toronto rally. In fact she was a speaker. We regret the error. Goldy continues to promote the Yellow Vests Canada movement and convoy.
Factcheck: CBC misrepresents Yellow Vests Canada movement, makes no mention of death threats
Yellow Vests Convoy leaves today for Ottawa
February 14, 2019
Canadian Anti-Hate Network
CBC interviews convoy organizer Glen Carritt. Source: CBC News: The National, YouTube.
On February 13th, CBC’s The National ran with a story about the Yellow Vests Canada movement and their plans to bring a convoy of trucks to Ottawa.
The CBC misrepresents the group as primarily being driven by legitimate economic concerns and omits the worst examples of the hatred and threats that have come to characterize the Yellow Vests Canada movement. The end result is an sympathetic take on a movement characterized as a public safety threat in a briefing note authored by the Canadian Association for Security & Intelligence Studies – Vancouver.
Reporting on hate movements and hate groups is difficult. Hate groups tend to misrepresent themselves and it requires either deep research and observation of their less public-facing spaces, and/or building on the work of organizations like Anti-Racist Canada or Yellow Vests Canada Exposed and using information that's been collected over months and years of monitoring. Yellow Vests Canada Exposed says a producer from The National "interviewed one of our admins for 40 minutes, and didn't use any of it."
"Four months after yellow vest demonstrators hit the streets of France over taxes and the high cost of living, similar movements have popped up around the world."
Unlike the French Yellow Vests movement, the Yellow Vests movement in Canada has been entirely co-opted by the far-right. Left-leaning individuals aren’t welcome and almost every anti-Muslim extremist group has found a home in the movement. According to CTV News, “Canada's ambassador to France says this country's yellow-vest protest movement bears little resemblance to the ‘gilets jaunes’ who started it all in France . . . the movement in Canada appears to have been appropriated by far-right extremists espousing racist, anti-immigrant views and even indulging in death threats against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau."
“They're focused on the federal government's response to suffering in the oil industry tomorrow a convoy of trucks will drive that message all the way to Ottawa but they aren't the only ones laying claim to those yellow vests. Others want to spread a much different message, less about jobs, more about immigration.” CBC represents them, and allows them to represent themselves, as primarily focused on economic and oil issues throughout the story.
The majority of posts on the Yellow Vests Canada Facebook page are anti-Muslim, anti-UN, anti-immigrant, anti-Trudeau, and deal in conspiracy theories, such as the belief that Muslims are responsible for the Fort McMurray wildfire. There are hundreds of examples of overt racism and documented death threats. Relatively few posts are, in fact, about the oil industry.
The CBC says:
The Clann and Canadian Combat Coalition (C3) are alt-right groups.
While alt-right has been used as a term in the United States to refer to a large coalition of groups, here in Canada there are two distinct hate movements with limited overlap: the anti-Muslim and alt-right neo-Nazi movements. The Clann and C3 are anti-Muslim groups, not alt-right groups.
Update: We received screenshots showing at least one member of the Clann to be an alt-right type.
The CBC says:
“[The Clann has a] provocative message about Islam.”
The Clann is not only critical of the religion, but of Muslim Canadians. For example, the Clann Canada (@ClannOntario on Twitter) liked a tweet two days ago reading “Muslims r not special. I think they r dirty/gross &violent. That is MY opinion. If they come to my place of work. I will be respectful &help them cause it my JOB. Doesn’t mean I like u or want u here. Just like I can feel the hate and disgust flowing from their men. #GTFO”
“More than a hundred thousand members see messages like this targeting Trudeau the media immigration and refugees.” CBC displays a few of the more benign, but still hateful, images.
Yellow Vests Canada Exposed, the Canadian Anti-Hate Network, and Anti-Racist Canada have documented hundreds of examples of overt racism, mostly directed at Muslims, and death threats towards Muslim Canadians and the Prime Minister. None of these death threats have been referenced in the story.
“The site was founded by Tyler Malenfant, since exposed for supporting racist rhetoric in the past.”
He wasn’t exposed as supporting racist rhetoric, but posting antisemitic comments, such as "Show me the 'evils' of the white man and I'll show you yet another Jewish lie."
Yellow Vests Canada attracts Nazis:
Nazis, including Brian Ruhe and Paul Fromm, are also attending (or speaking at) Yellow Vests Canada demonstrations.
...and has the support of the alt-right neo-Nazi movement:
The first rally in Toronto was led by Faith Goldy, a self-proclaimed propagandist for the alt-right neo-Nazi movement, and she is promoting the convoy. Other Canadian alt-right neo-Nazi accounts have tweeted in support of the movement on Twitter.
Yellow Vests Canada supporter threatens to kill law enforcement, claims to have cache of weapons
Gregory McNeil of Kamloops, BC was charged in 2010 after drawing a gun on RCMP officers
February 12, 2019
Special to the Canadian Anti-Hate Network
Greg McNeil's Facebook profile. Source: Facebook.
Yellow Vests Canada Exposed has documented dozens of death threats on the Yellow Vests Canada Facebook page directed towards Muslims, the Prime Minister, and others; hatred directed at Muslims, left-leaning individuals, government, the mainstream media, and, occasionally, law enforcement; conspiracy theories; and support for the Conservative Party of Canada and Bernier’s People’s Party of Canada. Its main Facebook group has over 100,000 members and one of its main organizers has a history of posting racist and antisemitic comments.
Regardless of what the gilet jaunes movement represents in France, the Canadian Yellow Vests movement has been entirely co-opted by the far-right and includes almost every anti-Muslim hate group in Canada. It is characterized as a public safety threat in a briefing note authored by the Canadian Association for Security & Intelligence Studies – Vancouver.
In response to a post about storming parliament, Yellow Vests Canada supporter Greg McNeil suggests they carry out mass arrests, shooting anybody that gets in their way. McNeil posts, “Time to start killing all the protectors…Police, security…etc.” He also claims to have a cache of weapons and friends who are similarly armed.
The pictures on Greg McNeil's Facebook profile appear to match a picture of Gregory Warren McNeil, who was arrested in 2010 and charged with multiple firearms offences and harassment. McNeil threatened to kill bank employees, prompting a visit by the RCMP. He drew a handgun and the officers shot him. McNeil told investigators that he’s a better shot than most police officers and could have shot the officers if he wanted.
The RCMP searched his home and found a hidden room full of weapons, ammunition and bullet resistant vests, as well as a B.C. sheriff uniform and a custom officer’s badge.
McNeil was sentenced to over 5 years in prison and has a lifetime ban on owning firearms.
The RCMP tells the Canadian Anti-Hate Network that they respect “[The Yellow Vests movement’s] right to peaceful, lawful, and safe protest. Should someone have concerns about their activities online or in person, we would encourage them to contact the police in the jurisdiction they live in, to report. The RCMP takes complaints of threats seriously.”
Greg McNeil is no longer a member of the Yellow Vests Canada Facebook group.
According to an article in the Vancouver Sun, law enforcement seized over 100 guns from Green’s home including a Bren machine gun, “homemade silencers, zip guns, prohibited over-capacity magazines, and untraceable firearms,” as well as explosive materials.
The Yellow Vests Canada movement have been holding demonstrations across the country every Saturday to protest immigration policies, what they believe is the United Nations takeover of Canadian sovereignty, and a host of other issues popular among the far-right. Now, they are planning to run a convoy of trucks from Alberta to Ottawa, which Tony Green promoted.
The ‘United We Roll’ convoy departs on February 14th and arrives in Ottawa on the 19th. Originally branded as a Yellow Vests event, organizer Glen Carritt claimed that the United We Roll convoy is no longer affiliated, citing “philosophical differences.” However, organizers of the convoy are also members of the Yellow Vests Canada group, and he has says his group still "identifies with the yellow vests" and they are welcoming them to the convoy.
Several of the organizers are also supporters of other hate groups such as Canadian Combat Coalition, Soldiers of Odin, and Worldwide Coalition Against Islam.
Both Yellow Vests Canada Exposed and the Canadian Anti-Hate Network have encouraged supporters to report the United We Roll GoFundMe page on the basis that the fundraiser supports the Yellow Vests Canada hate movement. Yellow Vests Canada Exposed has also encouraged supporters to contact the hotels where convoy participants intend to stay.
Yellow Vests Canada Exposed documents the overt racism, hate speech, death threats and calls to violence posted by members of the Yellow Vest Movement in Canada. Their work can be found on Twitter and Facebook.
Quebec Mosque killer sentenced to life in prison
Canadian Anti-Hate Network says case demonstrates how hate poses real danger
(February 8, 2019 - Quebec) Today, Alexandre Bissonnette was sentenced to life in prison for murdering six men at a Quebec City mosque, Canada’s first mass killing at a place of worship. He could be eligible for parole after 40 years.
Quebec Superior Court Justice Francois Huot provided a lengthy judgment this morning which made note of Bissonnette’s “professional, measured and hateful” executions and recognized the attack as a hate crime, contrary to the defense’s claims.
The Judge noted that January 29, 2017, will be a date forever “written in blood” in both Quebec, and Canada’s history, and how the act tore apart the very fabric of Quebec and Canada.
“The severity of the sentence reflects how heinous Canadians view hate-motivated crimes, ” says Amira Elghawaby, board member at the Canadian Anti-Hate Network. “We hope today’s sentencing brings some measure of closure to the families of those forever impacted by this devastating act of hate and terror. We understand that the families and the community do not feel the sentence goes far enough.”
The Canadian Anti-Hate Network says the attack on the Quebec mosque was not only a hate crime, but an act of terrorism motivated by right-wing extremism. Legal academics including Professor Kent Roach of the University of Toronto have suggested the same.
“We hope this case makes it clear that hate can be a precursor to the worst imaginable crimes,” says Bernie Farber, chair of the network. “It’s absolutely evident that Mr. Bissonnette meant to terrorize an entire religious community and the Judge certainly reflected that in his comments about the wide impact of the shootings, and in analyzing Mr. Bissonnette’s stated motivations. However, it’s disappointing that he stopped short of calling this terrorism.”
Judge Huot did note the shooter’s explanation that he attacked the mosque because he feared terrorists would kill his family and that he “lost it” after learning that the Prime Minister had tweeted that refugees were welcome to Canada.
While Bissonnette has now been sentenced, those platforms that allow alt-right neo-Nazi and anti-Muslim hate to be shared and the propagandists on those platforms have once again escaped their share of the responsibility.
“If we truly want to prevent any such acts from every happening again, we will have to hold online platforms to account and target hate propaganda at its source,” says Elghawaby. “There is still no clear strategy on how to address online hate in this country and this will continue to harm various communities. Hate in Canada is sadly on the rise.”
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Le tueur d'une mosquée du Québec condamné à la prison à vie
Le réseau canadien anti-haine dit que la peine envoie un message fort
(8 février 2019 - Québec) Aujourd’hui, Alexandre Bissonnette a été condamné à la prison à vie pour le meurtre de six hommes dans une mosquée de la ville de Québec, le premier massacre commis au Canada dans un lieu de culte. Il pourrait être admissible à la libération conditionnelle après 35 ans.
Le juge de la Cour supérieure du Québec, François Huot, a rendu aujourd'hui un long jugement dans lequel il a pris note des exécutions «professionnelles, mesurées et haineuses» de Bissonnette et a reconnu l’attaque comme un crime motivé par la haine, contrairement aux affirmations de la défense.
Le juge a souligné que le 29 janvier 2017 serait une date «gravée dans le sang» dans l’histoire du Québec et du Canada, et que l'acte déchirait le tissu de la société civile du Québec et du Canada.
«La sévérité de la peine reflète à quel point les Canadiens rejettent les crimes motivés par la haine», a déclaré Amira Elghawaby, membre du conseil d'administration du Réseau canadien anti-haine. «Nous espérons que la condamnation d’aujourd’hui peut apporter un certain apaisement aux souffrances des victimes et leurs familles.»
Le Réseau canadien anti-haine dit que l'attaque de la mosquée à Québec était non seulement un crime motivé par la haine, mais également un acte de terrorisme motivé par l'extrême droite. Des académiciens juridiques, notamment le professeur Kent Roach de l'Université de Toronto, ont suggéré la même chose.
«Nous espérons que cette affaire montre clairement que la haine peut être un précurseur des pires crimes imaginables», a déclaré Bernie Farber, présidente du Réseau. «Il est tout à fait évident que M. Bissonnette voulait terroriser toute une communauté religieuse et le juge en a bien tenu compte dans ses commentaires sur l’impact considérable de la fusillade et dans l’analyse des motivations énoncées par M. Bissonnette. Cependant, il est décevant qu’il n’ait pas qualifié comme un acte de terrorisme.»
Le juge Huot a pris note de l'explication du tireur selon laquelle il avait attaqué la mosquée par crainte des terroristes qui tueraient sa famille et qu'il l'avait «perdu» après avoir appris que le premier ministre Trudeau avait tweeté que les réfugiés étaient les bienvenus au Canada.
Bien que Bissonnette soit maintenant condamnée, les plateformes qui permettent la haine néo-nazie et anti-musulmane de l'extrême droite sont partagées et les propagandistes de ces plateformes ont échappé une nouvelle fois à leur part de responsabilité.
«Si nous voulons vraiment empêcher que de tels actes ne se reproduisent, nous devrons demander des comptes aux plates-formes en ligne et cibler la propagande haineuse à la source», a déclaré Elghawaby. «Il n'y a toujours pas de stratégie claire sur la manière de lutter contre la haine en ligne dans ce pays et cela continuera à nuire à diverses communautés. La haine au Canada est malheureusement à la hausse.»
James Sears and Leroy St Germaine have been found guilty of wilfully promoting hatred towards women and Jews. What follows are key passages from the 11 June 2018, 37-page expert report by Professor Derek Penslar on anti-Jewish hate propaganda published by James Sears (aka Dimitrious Sarafopoulos) and Leroy St Germaine in Toronto tabloid newspaper Your Ward News.
This summary was originally published at http://www.richardwarman.ca/penslar-expert-report-on-your-ward-news-anti-jewish-hate/ by Canadian Anti-Hate Network board member and human rights lawyer Richard Warman.
The report was prepared as part of the criminal prosecution against Sears and St Germaine for the wilful promotion of hate contrary to s. 319 of the Criminal Code of Canada. The report dissects the anti-Jewish hate propaganda content of Your Ward News and places it in the historical context from which Sears and St Germaine found inspiration. Both Sears and St Germaine were found guilty and the full criminal judgment can be found here.
Penslar Report Key Excerpts:
The full 37-page Penslar Report is here.
My name is Derek Jonathan Penslar. I am the Samuel Zacks Professor of European Jewish History at the University of Toronto and a Visiting Professor of History at Harvard University. On July 1, 2018, I will assume a permanent appointment at Harvard as the William Lee Frost Professor of Modern Jewish History. I hold a B.A. in History from Stanford University, and an MA and PhD in History from the University of California at Berkeley. In addition to Toronto and Harvard, I have taught at Indiana University, Bloomington, where I was a professor of history and of Jewish studies, and at the University of Oxford, where I was the Stanley Lewis Professor of Modern Israel Studies. I have research and teaching expertise in the history of Jewish civilization, Jewish-Christian relations in medieval and modern Europe, antisemitism, the Holocaust, and the state of Israel.
As per your request, I have studied all issues of Your Ward News (hereafter, YWN) published between 2015 and Spring 2018 and have considered whether YWN’s language and imagery are antisemitic. I have read YWN against the background of my intimate familiarity with antisemitic texts and images produced in Europe, North America, and the Middle East over several centuries. My reading is also informed by a substantial body of scholarly literature on antisemitism, some of which I have authored or edited.1 Based on my reading, I have determined that YWN espouses antisemitic doctrines and that both its textual and visual representations of Jews are rooted in antisemitic concepts with a long historical pedigree. I have further determined that YWN’s antisemitic rhetoric frequently echoes or resembles language employed by neo-Nazi extremists in the United States and disseminated either in print or, more recently, via the internet.
YWN consistently expresses hatred of Jews via five distinct yet overlapping mechanisms:
1) Expressions of revulsion against the Jewish faith and its practitioners;
2) Accusations that Jews were collectively responsible for Bolshevik
atrocities in the USSR;
3) Claims of Jewish conspiracies to conquer and control humanity, especially through banking and finance;
4) Demonization of the state of Israel; and
5) Holocaust denial.
Undergirding these five forms of antisemitic expression is a consistent and explicit admiration for Nazism in general and the
German dictator Adolph Hitler in particular. Since antisemitism was a key component of German National Socialism and motivated the Nazis’ persecution and genocide of European Jewry, YWN’s emulation of Nazi Germany deepens and intensifies the various forms of Jew-hatred that the newspaper espouses.
The scope and range of conspiracies attributed by YWN to the Jews is part and parcel of modern antisemitic thinking. The classic antisemitic texts mentioned earlier in this section presented Jews as responsible for the cruelties of communism and capitalism alike, for the decline in religious observance and other rapidly changing social mores, for any form of art, literature, or cinema that they found avant-garde and distasteful, and for universalistic (as opposed to militant-nationalist) political ideologies. In neo-Nazi writings of our own day, Jews are associated with contemporary processes of social and cultural transformation, such as globalization, mass migration, racial and economic protest, feminism, and gender fluidity. In antisemitic thought, Jews are akin to a universal solvent, which eats away at any social mooring. Antisemitism’s hatred of the Jews rests in fear of what antisemites believe to be Jewish preternatural power and unshakable determination to attain global domination. In its most recent iteration, antisemitism maintains the fear of internationalism, be it governmental (e.g., the United Nations) or economic (transnational corporations).
In this report I have demonstrated linkages between YWN and a long historical legacy of antisemitic writings. YWN’s depictions of Jews are consonant with antisemitism as set out in the IHRA’s definition with which I began this report. YWN makes “mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as a collective.” It preaches numerous myths “about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions.” YWN presents the state of Israel as a point of origin of or prime beneficiary of these conspiracies. In its writings on politically-motivated persecutions in the former Soviet Union’s security services, YWN “accuses Jews as a people of being responsible for real or imagined wrongdoing committed by a single Jewish person or group, or even for acts committed by non-Jews.” YWN explicitly denies “the fact, scope, mechanisms (e.g. gas chambers) or intentionality of the genocide of the Jewish people at the hands of National Socialist Germany and its supporters and accomplices during World War II (the Holocaust).” Moreover, it “accuses the Jews as a people, or Israel as a state, of inventing or exaggerating the Holocaust. In its depictions of Jews, YWN resembles a variety of North American neo-Nazi publications that, since the 1970s, have preached antisemitism as a prominent component of a fearful, hateful, and conspiratorial world-view.
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