Kurt Phillips has been anonymously documenting hate groups and neo-Nazi activity on the Anti-Racist Canada blog for over 12 years.
Anti-Racist Canada has been inspirational for those of us involved with the Canadian Anti-Hate Network and it continues to be a trusted resource used by researchers, law enforcement, journalists, and members of the anti-racist community. It has documented everything from infighting to death threats and premeditated violent attacks. Kurt's work has significantly disrupted hate group organizing. He has never been celebrated for this work or asked for credit. We all owe him a debt of gratitude.
Now he's joining the Canadian Anti-Hate Network board and will continue his work, some of which will be published on our site and social media accounts moving forward.
Anti-Racist Canada will continue to document and expose hate groups in Canada under new management.
If you'd like to show solidarity and support for Kurt's tireless work for human rights over the past 12-years, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll pass along your well-wishes.
Bernie, Amira, Richard, & Evan
Here's How You Can Help
While we don’t have the resources to run an organized volunteer program, there are several ways you can help and stand up to hate groups in your own community and across Canada. The most important thing is to organize with other likeminded people in your own community, collect information, and be ready to respond to hate group activity.
Monitor Hate Groups
We couldn’t do the work we do without dozens of community members across Canada that monitor the public social media pages of hate groups, taking screenshots and documenting examples of:
- Overt bigotry and racism
- Celebrations of violence and incitement to violence
- Death threats and targeted harassment
- Event planning
- Infighting and leadership changes
Read more about this vital and often invisible work done by anti-fascist and anti-racist members of your community and all across the country.
Some groups or collectives primarily monitor one group. For example, Yellow Vests Canada Exposed began by documenting and exposing the hundreds of examples of overt racism, bigotry and death threats shared by Yellow Vests Canada and its affiliated pages. Others, like Halifax Against Hate, focus on local groups, particularly when they plan events. We recommend this level of specificity rather than trying to cover everything at once. Pick a group and individuals (especially if they're active locally) that you find concerning and don't be afraid to switch focus as you learn more.
Archive.org is useful for saving individual pages, but it doesn't work on social media pages. We recommend copy and pasting entire Facebook pages and Twitter feeds into Word documents and taking screenshots of the most important pieces. Make sure what you find is well-documented and can be verified by other observers.
Keep your files organized, and please send an email to email@example.com if you hear about events, or find death threats or targeted harassment campaigns. Try not to work in silos - flag important information for our attention, but please also connect with others doing this work and share your publicly available findings.
Infiltrate Hate Groups
Some individuals take on the necessary work of infiltrating hate groups online, creating a false persona and posing as supporters to gain access to less public online spaces where hate groups often share the worst and most telling examples of hate and racism, and encourage and plan violence and events.
We will not recruit individuals to infiltrate groups, but will work with individuals already undertaking this necessary work. If you are infiltrating groups you must be responsible for your own safety. You should not attempt this work without first learning deeply about the group over several months and taking a number of precautions, including protecting your identity. We also recommend reading the Anti-Racist Canada blog to gain some insight into the methods used.
Cancel Hate Group Events
Individuals and groups have been very successful in getting hate group events cancelled by convincing venue owners to make the principled decision to cancel events. Be polite but firm. Start by speaking with the venue and providing information on the hate group that has booked their space. If they won’t cancel the event, talk to your friends and family and use local Facebook groups to encourage community members to send emails and make phone calls. It’s always in their best social and business interest to have a good relationship with the community, which you should emphasize. Stand by the venue if they receive any backlash, and be sure to thank and support them in the coming days if they cancel the event.
Events held in public spaces are more difficult to cancel. While no city has an obligation to provide venue space (eg. a library) to hate groups, there’s less they can do when a group is planning an unpermitted event in front of city hall, for example. If you can’t get the event cancelled, the best way to disrupt and demoralize hate groups is to participate in a counter-demonstration with a coalition of anti-fascist and anti-racist community groups that use direct but nonviolent tactics and massively outnumber the hate groups and their supporters. We do not organize demonstrations, so we encourage you to find and connect with your local organizations.
Pitch us a story
We take story pitches that deal with hate groups, often about upcoming events or ones that just occurred, or explainers that will get our audience (and your community) up to speed on local events. Send a short email to firstname.lastname@example.org that explains the story, why it matters, and what information you have to back it up. We can pay $100 for stories from members of the community and $200 for stories from individuals with some kind of professional writing experience, i.e. writers/researchers/journalists.
Hate Groups Find Foothold on East Coast
Here's what you need to know
Olivia Boonstra & the Canadian Anti-Hate Network
July 29, 2019
New Brunswick and Halifax members of the Northern Guard. Source: Facebook.
White supremacist and far-right groups have been trying to gain a following in the Maritimes for almost a year now. Their activities are escalating and they’re carrying out ‘patrols’, rallies, and demonstrations.
Three groups are particularly active on the East Coast: The Northern Guard (NG), The National Citizens Alliance (NCA), and the remnants of Yellow Vests Canada (YVC), now producing content under the name 'NL Media'. Stephen Garvey, leader of the NCA, is running in the riding of Cumberland-Colchester, Nova Scotia, in the federal election.
The escalation started about a year ago, when the Soldiers of Odin (SOO) began carrying out so-called patrols in Halifax in late 2018. SOO rebranded as the Northern Guard in NS in early 2019 and continued these ‘patrols’, which sometimes included giving pizza to the homeless.
This kind of hate group ‘volunteerism’ is commonplace and part of a simple public relations strategy. Elsewhere the Soldiers of Odin pick up needles and the neo-fascist, neo-Nazi Atalante Quebec give meals to white people who are homeless, for example.
Fagan has been banned from all Domino's locations in Nova Scotia.
A post from Northern Guard president, Norman English, took umbrage with what occurred, including a statement acknowledging, “yes we are against any ppl that come here to change our way of life”.
A recent video also shows Northern Guard member Tobin Parker threatening people on the street with pepper spray during the a National Citizens Alliance rally on June 22nd.
The National Citizens Alliance (NCA) is a federal party led by Stephen Garvey, who has done events in the past with the explicitly anti-Muslim Worldwide Coaltion Against Islam, a neo-Nazi tied organization which refers to Muslims as vermin and sewage. NCA aims to put a ‘temporary pause’ on immigration and a massive reduction in immigration over time.
The party is working hard to secure a following in Nova Scotia, attending popular festivals and attempting to hold rallies and demonstrations. However, it has now been banned from events and has been met by counter-protests.
On June 22nd, National Citizens Alliance held a rally in Halifax in an attempt to recruit members in the area. The NCA were largely outnumbered by counter protestors organized by Halifax Against Hate (@HFXAgainstHate), a Halifax collective documenting far-right activities in Halifax and organizing against their actions.
During the rally, and shortly following the rally, police arrested two counter-protestors. Video shows a man being arrested after knocking Garvey’s hat off (without otherwise making contact with him).
Following the rally, the Halifax Regional Police arrested another counter-protestor for allegedly damaging an NCA banner. A video appears to show the counter-protestor being attacked by NCA members, ostensibly after damaging the banner, and it’s alleged that they were pepper sprayed by an officer while NCA members attacked them.
Only one National Citizens Alliance member was arrested, allegedly for public intoxication, according to a Halifax Against Hate press release.
The party has rallies planned in cities across Canada, and according to their website, have raised $16,520 dollars in donations.
On July 19th, 2019, NCA announced that leader and founder, Stephen Garvey, would be running in the Cumberland-Colchester, NS federal riding in the 2019 federal election. Eight more NCA candidates were also announced, running in ridings in Saskatchewan, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Ontario, and Alberta.
NCA is planning more rallies across Canada in cities like Hamilton, Kingston, Charlottetown, and Nova Scotia.
Another somewhat recent entry in the East Coast hate scene is the Yellow Vests Canada movement, which began holding regular demonstrations across Canada, primarily targeting Muslims and Trudeau, in late 2018.
The Newfoundland & Labrador chapter of Yellow Vests Canada has been particularly active over the past few months, despite the general decline of the movement across Canada.
The group has organized small demonstrations in the St. John’s and Mount Pearl area. They are more active online where leader Kenny Winsor launched NL Media, one of many far-right, content-producing pages. NL Media primarily targets Trudeau and the LGBTQ+ community, with a particular focus on Liberal candidate Hasan Hai.
Winsor went to Hai’s campaign headquarters in May of 2019 to confront him directly after months of online harassment. Winsor harangued Hai and his staff before eventually leaving. Law enforcement was called but have not laid charges to date.
Winsor works with other content creators like Yellow Vests Canada alumni ‘Rollin with Pat and Jay’ who are touring across Canada, and have had several venues cancel on them after outreach by the anti-racist community.
‘Rollin with Pat and Jay’ hosts Pat King and Jay Riedel share anti-immigrant, anti-muslim, and anti-semetic sentiments, including Holocaust denial. King and Riedel were planning on touring Newfoundland & Labrador, however that leg of the tour has been cancelled due to the “great possibility they will face fierce opposition.”
The Northern Guard (NG) is a militant anti-Muslim group with neo-Nazi ties that is active across Canada. Their members have engaged in premeditated assaults targeting anti-racist, anti-fascist demonstrators.
The Northern Guard is an off-shoot of a similar group called the Soldiers of Odin (SOO), which disbanded in Nova Scotia and was reformed as the Northern Guard. The SOO were founded in Finland by a self-proclaimed neo-Nazi who has been found guilty of multiple racially motivated assaults. SOO chapters have been active in Canada since 2016.
There is some dispute over what motivated this ‘rebranding’ in Nova Scotia. Some sources say that there was internal conflict within the NS chapter of SOO about letting women join the group, which led to the creation of the ‘men only’ group, the Northern Guard. Women interested in being a part of the Northern Guard are encouraged to join their ‘sister’ group, the Northern Maidens, which works as a support group for the Northern Guard.
A statement from the Northern Guard insists that the split was due to financial conflicts within the group, with one post alleging that the president at the time, Billy Rushton, was stealing from the group.
National Citizens Alliance
The National Citizens Alliance (NCA) is a small federal party that was accepted by Elections Canada in January of 2019. Their website boasts that they will put a moratorium on all immigration, reduce foreign aid by 75%, reduce ‘bureaucracy’ by 50%, and make 9 amendments to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Their overall platform is anti-immigration, anti-globalization, and climate emergency denial.
Much like the Northern Guard, there is a specific anti-Muslim focus. The party itself walks a fine line so as to not portray itself as openly racist. It betrays itself, however, by it’s past associations with anti-Muslim and neo-Nazi groups such as the Worldwide Coalition Against Islam, and by its actions. Garvey attended the Arab Festival in Calgary last weekend where he livestreamed himself asking attendees where they came from and their immigration status.
Yellow Vests Canada
Yellow Vests Canada (YVC) is a far-right movement and Facebook page that has come to be characterized by hundreds of documented examples of death threats and overt racism, primarily targeting Muslims. At its peak it included members and supporters of virtually every anti-Muslim hate group in Canada. YVC is, by and large, a spent movement that can no longer carry out any significant demonstrations, however there is a particularly stubborn faction in Newfoundland & Labrador that remains active.
Today, it’s not so much a movement with any organizational capacity, but rather a Facebook page and a collection of content creators, including NL Media, Rollin with Pat & Jay, Rick Boswich (currently charged with uttering a threat), and Derek Storie.
Olivia Boonstra is a Masters student currently working in the areas of Harm Reduction and countering Right-Wing Extremism. She is completing a placement with the Canadian Anti-Hate Network as part of the Criminology and Social Justice MA program at Ryerson University.
We Need Better Hate Crime Statistics
Here's how, and what journalists should do in the meantime
July 18, 2019
Canadian Anti-Hate Network
The Evidence Against Hamilton's Neo-Nazi Employee Marc Lemire
City-commissioned independent investigation into Lemire underway
July 16, 2019
Canadian Anti-Hate Network
On May 8th the city of Hamilton put former neo-Nazi Heritage Front leader and IT employee Marc Lemire on leave pending an independent investigation as a result of media coverage. Lemire was hired by the city around 2005, which was in the same time period he was active in the neo-Nazi movement.
Lemire operated a blog with neo-Nazi and racist materials while he was a city employee. He took the blog down after being exposed in the media earlier this year.
With the Lemire investigation likely to wrap up soon, we are releasing a summary of the racist and hateful material hosted on his blog. We previously provided this information to the investigators.
While this investigation is ongoing, the Hamilton Police Service, Mayor Eisenberger, and city council, are presently facing criticism for setting an example of what not to do in the face of hate group activity.
Our original letter to the Mayor and City Council:
Dear Mayor Eisenberger and Members of Hamilton City Council:
I am a human rights lawyer in Ottawa and brought the successful human rights complaint against Marc Lemire for online hate (http://canlii.ca/t/1q60s).
I have commented in numerous media stories about the recent exposure by Mack Lamoureux of VICE Canada that Marc Lemire is an employee of the City of Hamilton. I note that since the VICE article, various media reports have indicated that Marc Lemire denies any ongoing role in the neo-Nazi movement, minimizes any prior role despite Federal Court findings to the contrary, and claims that this was all many years in the past and that he is now reformed.
I do not believe this to be true. Marc Lemire openly acknowledges that he is responsible for the website http://www.freedomsite.org/. It took me less than 5-minutes to come up with multiple examples of Holocaust denial material from Marc Lemire's Freedomsite website that remain available as of right now.
Marc Lemire continues to publish to the world columns by Holocaust denier Philip Belgrave and others and at the bottom of the columns readers are invited to submit material to the webmaster (Lemire) for publication.
The first article is titled "What is Anti-Semitism" and states that Jews were not exterminated nor were they the principal sufferers in WWII, links to Ernst Zundel's Holocaust denial website calling it a "Detoxification Program to Cure the Politically Correct of the Hollywood version of the Holocaust", and links to 3 other Holocaust denial websites - URL link below and pdf version attached:
"In the Second World War many Jews suffered, but the European Jews were not exterminated, nor were they the principal sufferers."
Graphic from the Zundelsite - "A Detoxification Program to Cure
the Politically Correct of the Hollywood version of the Holocaust"
The second and third examples repeatedly refer to the Holocaust as the "Holocaust Industry" using this common neo-Nazi term to imply that the Holocaust is a manufactured or grossly exaggerated event to extort money rather than a genocide perpetrated by the Nazi regime:
The Latest in Holocaust Mania
The Holocaust industry is like the toy rabbit in those battery commercials that is seen enthusiastically pounding a drum to a voice-over stating "It just keeps going and going...." The message is that the brand of battery that is running the rabbit outlasts all other brands and operates well past expectancy. The Holocaust campaign seems to have a similar battery.
The art world is known to be the ideal place for practicing shams and pretentiousness and unearned money-making at the expense of the despised bourgeoisie. Therefore it is no wonder that the Holocaust Industry has expanded from its successful and continuing rip-off of the World’s banks, into the national art galleries of the World.
I am confident that if I continued my search, I would find further such hate propaganda. Based on the fact that Holocaust denial material remains available on Marc Lemire's website, I submit to you that he is not fit to be an employee of the City of Hamilton.
Canadian Anti-Hate Network to Publish Names of 250 Neo-Nazi Party Members in Canada
The Canadian Nationalist Party is about to become an official federal party
June 10, 2019
Canadian Anti-Hate Network
Travis Patron, leader of the neo-Nazi Canadian Nationalist Party. Source: Facebook.
The Canadian Anti-Hate Network will publish the names of 250 members of the neo-Nazi Canadian Nationalist Party if they are successful in becoming a registered political party.
The Canadian Nationalist Party is a neo-Nazi party led by Travis Patron, who recently released an anti-Jewish video about the “parasitic tribe” that calls for Jews to be “removed once and for all” from Canada. Another post on their Facebook page promises they have the cure to Jews. They are also explicitly anti-LGBTQ+ and anti-Muslim.
We filed a criminal complaint, and Travis Patron is currently under RCMP investigation.
There is no mechanism for Elections Canada to prevent a neo-Nazi party from becoming a registered party, and they expect that Patron will be successful in registering his party before the next federal election.
Patron is required to submit over 250 party membership declarations; each individual is then contacted by Elections Canada to confirm their membership.
The Canadian Anti-Hate Network has learned that information on these 250 members will become part of a public record. We plan to publish these names and their cities of residence as soon as they become public, and will encourage local media to run stories naming neo-Nazi supporters in their communities.
This kind of naming and shaming is part of our mandate of exposing hate groups to make sure communities are well-informed, and to ensure that there are significant, nonviolent social consequences for supporting hate groups.
If any of members of the Canadian Nationalist Party want to avoid being named and facing the social consequences of supporting a neo-Nazi party, they can email Elections Canada at email@example.com to withdraw their support.
If you want to support our mission to monitor, expose, and counter hate groups, please visit antihate.ca/donate. Thank you!
University of British Columbia Hosts Anti-Trans Event Despite Outcry from Students, Faculty, and Staff
One protester faces assault charge after Jenn Smith’s event against sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) education
Special to the Canadian Anti-Hate Network
June 29, 2019
Anti-trans demonstrators gather in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery on June 15th.
2019-08-02 update: The assault charges against the member of the LGBTQ+ community, referenced below, have been dropped.
Three people were detained by the RCMP, and one is reportedly being charged with assault, after protesting an anti-trans event at the University of British Columbia (UBC) on June 23rd. The talk featured Okanagan resident Jenn Smith, who refers to himself as a “transgender-identified male.”
UBC’s Vancouver campus was the latest stop in Smith’s speaking tour of the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. Smith weaponizes his asserted identity in trying to undermine trans rights, including sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) education in schools.
A video shared on Facebook shows a young woman, who identifies as queer, stand up and run towards the exit at the back of the room after someone outside pulls the fire alarm. She swings her arm as she rounds a corner at the back of the auditorium, and the Pride flag she is holding may come into contact with the head of a man, who ducks. Smith can then be heard screaming from the front of the room, “That is assault! Detain her!” The RCMP then detain the young woman.
Based on what is shown in the video [audio warning: the video is quite loud], Students Against Bigotry believes the assault charge against the protester is without merit. Furthermore, we believe she would not be facing charges were it not for Smith insisting it was assault.
The two others detained are both hijra, a non-binary identity recognized in South Asia. They can be seen in the same video sitting on the floor at the front of the room, then calmly being escorted out by police officers.
A trans person against trans rights?
Sponsored by the Canadian Christian Lobby, Smith is an anti-trans activist who denies the validity and lived reality of transgender people. He spreads misinformation and fear about transgender people as predators harming women and children, claiming that SOGI education is “brainwashing.”
This flies in the face of established research which shows that this inclusive programming reduces bullying and suicides, not just among LGBTQ2S+ youth but among all children. It is difficult to reconcile Smith’s apparent concern for kids with his position against policies that have been proven to save the lives of young people.
Smith pathologizes transgender people by alleging that mental illness is responsible for their gender identity. He describes his own as "impulses" that "came out of his childhood traumas and a sense of rejection."
Furthermore, he only acknowledges male and female identities, another anti-scientific view which erases not just intersex and non-binary people, but also Indigenous Two Spirit people, recognized by the Musqueam nation on whose stolen and occupied land this talk took place.
Smith writes on his website:
“We must at all times remain tethered to physical reality, and the physical reality in this case is that men cannot be women (and vice versa), no matter how much they pretty themselves up.
They can live and express any way they want, but they cannot force others to surrender physical reality, because that is selfish and dangerous to both women and children, and increasingly towards freedom itself.”
In addition, Smith has links to the Soldiers of Odin, a violent anti-Muslim hate group, which he has used as bodyguards for past events. In attendance at the UBC event was Vancouver neo-Nazi Brian Ruhe, as well as at least two individuals wearing People’s Party of Canada hats — further examples of Smith’s far-right support.
A few days before the talk, the UBC Faculty Association issued an open letter to the university’s Board of Governors urging them to cancel the event. Similarly, the Association of Administrative and Professional Staff (AAPS), the largest employee group at UBC representing nearly 5,000 staff members, stated in no uncertain terms in its own letter that hosting such an event on campus “risk[s] physical injury to the students, staff, and faculty of the University.”
This risk was made apparent when one event attendee, Donald Smith, filmed himself taunting and threatening queer protesters and allies with gendered profanities, and bragging that he knows where they live. “Come to Edmonton,” he can be heard saying in the video. “We'll show you how we do it down there. We hold baseball bats!"
According to UBC policy, the university “reserves the right to ensure that any use of Bookable Space does not compromise UBC’s or the UBC community’s activities, as well as the safety and security of persons and facilities.” But president Santa J. Ono apparently feels that hosting events of this nature does not compromise the community’s safety and security, or undermine the university’s research on transgender health or SOGI.
Administrators felt differently at Douglas College and Trinity Western University, which cancelled bookings by Jenn Smith once they became aware of the nature of the events, which they claim was not initially clear in the booking request.
Community responds with love and support
Smith is just the latest in a growing series of hateful and discriminatory individuals UBC has platformed with speaking engagements under the guise of “free speech.” In the past year alone, the university has also welcomed Jordan Peterson, Meghan Murphy, Ricardo Duchesne, and Ben Shapiro.
Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux were also scheduled to appear at UBC this past March, but efforts by Students Against Bigotry, the Canadian Anti-Hate Network, and other groups forced them to relocate their event, then cancel it altogether
On Sunday, at a fountain near the building where Smith was speaking, about 50 people responded by gathering for a rally in support of the transgender community and their loved ones. The rally was organized by BC Families for Inclusivity (BCFFI) and included students, faculty, staff, and other community members.
BCFFI’s Brad Dirks gave a heartfelt speech about the harassment his family has faced from people like Smith. Last year, Dirks gave a TEDx Talk titled “My Journey as the Proud Parent of a Transgender Son.”
“You wouldn't speak to a neo-Nazi to obtain credible information about the Holocaust,” Dirks told a crowd that included other parents and their children. “So please treat your transgender friends, family, students, co-workers, and neighbours with the same respect . . . Stop obtaining information from transphobic bigots who spread lies and misinformation about our transgender loved ones.”
Another speaker, one of the people later detained, expressed her outrage and frustration that UBC administrators and president Santa J. Ono continue to allow far-right speakers to spew hate on campus.
The crowd then marched to the building where Smith was speaking, carrying balloons, banners, and flags. Slogans being chanted included “Protect trans kids,” “Save our kids from suicide,” and “Trans rights are human rights!” While some of the people with the rally entered the building and purchased tickets to attend Smith’s talk, most of the group continued to make noise outside.
The mood among the protesters was one of defiance and solidarity throughout the evening, in spite of attempted provocations by event attendees like Donald Smith.
No more hate speech at UBC!
This year’s Pride Month has been a difficult one for the LGBTQ2S+ community, which continues to be disproportionately targeted by violence. Recent confrontations at marches in Detroit, Hamilton, and Toronto again call the role of the police into question.
Just one week before the UBC event, Soldiers of Odin were present at an anti-trans rally at the Vancouver Art Gallery alongside members of the People’s Party of Canada and the neo-Nazi Ruhe.
Students Against Bigotry stands in complete and unwavering solidarity with all those targeted by hate speech, and all who oppose it alongside us — including the young woman protesting anti-trans hate and now facing what we believe to be an unjustified assault charge. We await the announcement of her court date, and we intend to be there to support her.
Students Against Bigotry is a grassroots student organization working to build community solidarity in opposition to hate speech at the University of British Columbia and beyond.
Editors note: The opinions expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinion of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network.
The Canadian Nationalist Party is only a few dozen forms away from reaching official party status and getting money from the government
June 27, 2019
Canadian Anti-Hate Network
Travis Patron, leader of the neo-Nazi Canadian Nationalist Party. Source: Facebook.
The Canadian Nationalist Party is a neo-Nazi party led by Travis Patron, who recently released an anti-Jewish video about the “parasitic tribe” that calls for Jews to be “removed once and for all” from Canada. Another post on their Facebook page promises they have the cure to Jews.
Members of the Canadian Nationalist Party have been active in anti-Muslim and anti-LGBTQ+ demonstrations and were part of the attacks on Pride in Hamilton on June 15th, and part of an assault in Toronto on June 22nd.
The Canadian Nationalist Party has focused much of its hate recently on the LGBTQ+ community:
“A society that celebrates homosexuality is a society that will soon no longer exist. While our government aggressively promotes the Islamization of our country, they are simultaneously using public infrastructure to promote same-sex relations. This is ultimately destructive to our national identity and the long-term viability of our country.
The CNP will defund gay pride parades, remove crosswalks which are being used as a canvas to promote homosexuality, and take down every rainbow flag flying on public buildings.”
They are also explicitly anti-Muslim:
"Sharia law does not belong in Canada," Patron tells the CBC in a May interview, ". . . Muslims follow Sharia law and we do not support Sharia law . . . I haven't ever come across a Muslim that doesn't support Sharia law."
Patron has been holding small events around Canada to sign up members with venues like the University of Toronto and Legion halls often refusing to take, or cancelling, his bookings after being contacted by the Canadian Anti-Hate Network or, more often, by members of the community.
According to the Canada Elections Act, the party has to collect and submit 250 membership declarations. Elections Canada then mails each of those individuals to confirm their declarations
Patron tells the CBC in May that they have 300 members and, according to a June 15th video, Patron is only 37 confirmations away from reaching official party status.
If they become an officially recognized party, donors to the neo-Nazi party will get generous tax reimbursements. If one of their supporters donates $400, the government will reimburse them $300, for example. The government will be de facto funding a neo-Nazi party.
We are therefore calling on Chief Electoral Officer Stéphane Perrault and all elected parties to do everything in their power to prevent the neo-Nazi Canadian Nationalist Party from obtaining official status. We believe the Elections Act should be updated to disallow political parties that are fundamentally anti-democratic and anti-Constitutional similar to the system in Germany: Bundesverfassungsgericht - Proceedings For the Prohibition of Political Parties.
The Canadian Anti-Hate Network has filed a criminal complaint with the RCMP of Redvers, Saskatchewan on the grounds that we believe that Patron has breached sections 318 (advocating genocide) and/or 319 (wilful promotion of hatred) of the Criminal Code. The text of our criminal complaint can be found below.
The CBC asked Patron about our criminal complaint, and he provided the following written response:
"In order for language to be criminally liable it must be made against an identifiable group," writes Patron. "Speech, such as that shown in the video mentioned, uses parables/parody and therefore it is not made against an identifiable group. The complaint has not met the threshold necessary for charges to be lain."
Patron also tells the CBC reporter that he's not referring to Jews, but to "globalists," a word that doesn't appear once in his video or the accompanying graphic, both of which refer to several common anti-Jewish tropes in identifying the "parasitic tribe." The term 'globalist' is itself commonly used as an anti-Jewish dog-whistle.
This screenshot from 2017 shows Travis Patron liking an anti-Jewish quote by American Nazi Party founder George Lincoln Rockwell on Facebook:
This wasn't a one-time occurrence:
Here Patron likes a call to murder Jagmeet Singh:
For context: "helicopter rides" refers to Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet's practice of having political dissidents murdered by being thrown out of helicopters.
Patron plans to run in the riding of Souris - Moose Mountain in Saskatchewan.
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Canadian Anti-Hate Network Criminal Complaint to Redvers, Saskatchewan RCMP
Please accept this as a formal criminal complaint that Travis PATRON has breached s. 318 (advocating genocide) and/or s. 319 (wilful promotion of hatred) of the Criminal Code through publishing anti-Jewish hate propaganda on both Youtube and Facebook. It is my understanding that PATRON lives in Redvers, SK and therefore falls within your detachment's jurisdiction.
- The Youtube video in question was posted by PATRON on 3 June 2019 and is titled "Beware The Parasitic Tribe". It is located at the following URL: REDACTED.
In the video, PATRON speaks of the "Parasitic Tribe" which is a common historical reference to Jews - see:
The Cambridge Guide to Jewish History, Religion and Culture at page 234:
"More common, however, in the age of Darwinism was the tendency to elide linguistic into biological distinctions and to treat nationalities as species or breeds whose populations had evolved distinctive traits over the ages in response to particular natural and historical environments. On these grounds, Jews were portrayed as a people shaped by their desert origins and their dispersed condition into a calculating, nomadic, and parasitic tribe that could thrive only by attaching itself to a larger and more rooted peoples and, in the process, both exploiting and weakening them."
PATRON refers to the 'parasitic tribe' as being manipulators, infiltrators of the media, "hijacking the central bank", and "infecting the body politic like a parasite", that they profit from our wars (01:15), that they control us, that they are seeking to "eradicate our way of life", that they cannot co-exist with our way of life (01:50), all of which are traditional forms of anti-Jewish hate propaganda.
What is of greatest concern, however, is PATRON's proposed solution that he states needs to be completed as perhaps the greatest priority:
(01:53+) "What we need to do, perhaps more than anything, is remove these people, once and for all, from our country."
I submit that the call to finality in the words "once and for all" is a call to genocide against the Jewish community.
- On 10 June 2019, PATRON posts similar hate messages to his Facebook page again referring to "THE PARASITIC TRIBE" and arguing that his group can provide "THE CURE": IMAGE REDACTED
That his message is understood by his readers as referring to Jews is clear from the fact that the first comment in response to PATRON's post references the anti-Jewish historical forgery the Protocols of the Elders of Zion that alleged a Jewish conspiracy to take over the world.
I note that the Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled that posting material in the open to the Internet constitutes publishing it to the world. (Barrick Gold Corp. v. Lopehandia, 2004 CanLII 12938 (ON CA), <http://canlii.ca/t/1h7nd> at paragraphs 32-34)
The anti-Jewish hate propaganda found in both these postings by PATRON has already been found to be criminal and constituting the wilful promotion of hatred in the seminal 1990 case of R v Keegstra where the conviction was upheld by the Supreme Court of Canada - see: https://www.canlii.org/en/ca/scc/doc/1990/1990canlii24/1990canlii24.pdf at the 'facts' section found at pages 713-714.
I appreciate that criminal complaints for advocating genocide and the wilful promotion of hatred are uncommon and thus encourage you to consult with police and prosecutor colleagues who have dealt with such matters in the past as necessary.
I thank you in advance for your consideration of my complaint and invite you to contact me with any question or if further information is required.
Canadian Anti-Hate Network
Hate Groups say police are “probably saluting and cheering for us all right now” after assaults at Hamilton Pride parade
Badly mismanaged demonstrations and hate group members not being charged for assaults are emboldening hate groups across Canada
June 21, 2019
Canadian Anti-Hate Network
Chris Vanderweide of Kitchener, Ontario was caught on camera carrying out several unprovoked assaults.
There was a brawl on the fringes of the Hamilton Pride parade last Saturday that started when hate group members attacked anti-fascists who were blocking them from disrupting Pride by holding up a large black fabric dividing wall.
The anti-Pride protest included anti-LGBTQ+ street preachers, Yellow Vest Canada vloggers, and members of the Canadian Nationalist Party, which just released a barely-coded antisemitic video calling for Jews to be “removed once and for all” from Canada.
Anti-Racist Canada has identified Chris Vanderweide of Kitchener Ontario as the man who is on video smashing two of the Pride defenders in the face with a helmet. Vanderweide later tried to use his new notoriety to raise money through a GoFundMe campaign that was reported and removed.
The scene quickly turned into a brawl after a hate preacher sucker punched an anti-fascist in face. Police are being criticized by Pride Hamilton for taking “far too long” to respond.
Yellow Vests Canada Exposed has compiled clips of unprovoked strikes and assaults.
One attendee tweeted that a uniformed police officer told them they wouldn’t stop a fight because they weren’t invited to Pride.
This follows a pattern of policing at demonstrations across Canada that has led hate groups to believe they have the support of police officers.
“I know in my heart there are dozens and dozens of police officers who are handcuffed and haven’t been able to do their duty,” says Yellow Vest Canada vlogger Rick Boswick, “. . . they’re probably saluting and clapping and cheering for us all right now . . . you can’t tell the cops they’re not welcome [at Pride] and then bitch that they didn’t have a quick enough response. You know why they had a response? We called 911. We called and got them there.”
Both hate groups and anti-racist, anti-fascist groups are calling for reinforcements to come to the PEGIDA anti-Muslim demonstration in Toronto on Saturday.
2019-06-22 update: The article originally reported that police were in the background of videos of the assaults. A source on the ground tells Yellow Vests Canada Exposed that the figure in the background was, in fact, a security guard trying to call the police.
Time for the Canadian Armed Forces to Investigate and Remove Hate Group Members
Canadian Armed Forces aware of hate group members and others engaging in "racist/hate motivated behaviour" in their ranks
June 20, 2019
Those of us who are monitoring hate groups in Canada could hardly believe our eyes.
This week, a 2018 report titled, “White Supremacy, Hate Groups, and Racism in the Canadian Armed Forces” written by Canadian Military Police Criminal Intelligence Section was made public through the Access to Information Act.
It raises serious concerns but you wouldn’t know it from the report’s conclusions. Despite finding that between 2013 and 2018, there were 53 Canadian Armed Forces members connected to hate groups or hate activity, apparently there’s no reason for worry.
“At this time hate groups do not pose a significant threat to the CAF/Department of National Defence,” reads the MPCIS report. “Less than 0.1% of the total CAF population were identified as part of a hate group or engaging in racist/hate motivated activity.”
Say what now?
This at a time when government and police authorities are saying they recognize right-wing extremism as a serious threat and Canadians are calling on them, and waiting on them, to take meaningful action. Tragically, recent events in North America and around the world have once again demonstrated that white supremacy isn’t just hateful words, but murder and terrorism.
We know how potentially dangerous even a single well-trained person can be when radicalized to violence. In 1995, Timothy McVeigh, an American white supremacist and a Gulf War veteran with explosives training, planted a bomb at the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City, which led to the murder of 168 people, amongst them 19 children in an adjoined daycare centre. Another 680 others were wounded.
More recently, American Coast Guard Lieutenant, former marine, and white supremacist Christopher Hasson was arrested this past February for plotting the assassination of politicians and journalists. This came after research and information undertaken in the United States indicating the real presence of white supremacists and neo-Nazis within its military.
In Canada in the early 1990s an investigation by the Security Intelligence Review Committee against white supremacist leadership in Canada showed, Eric Fischer, a former corporal in the Canadian Airborne Regiment who became a security chief in the violent neo-Nazi Heritage Front was “actively recruiting within the military” for recruits to white supremacy.
The investigation further revealed ‘that leading racists believe that the military is good recruiting ground.’”
In 1993 a special government commission was called after soldiers from the First Airborne Regiment (the same division that Eric Fisher was a part) tortured and executed 16-year-old Shidane Abukar Arone, during a 1993 peacekeeping mission in Somalia. In the end it led to the disbandment of the division.
From research undertaken at the Canadian Anti-Hate Network, we know that Canadian neo-Nazis encourage their fellow travellers to join the military to “learn to kill” and take that skillset back to teach their comrades. Other respected researchers of Canadian white nationalism such as Dr. Ryan Scrivens agree noting that “…right-wing extremists have historically joined the Canadian military and…they are currently in the ranks.”
It’s time for some urgent questions.
Why are 30 of those members identified in the military document still reportedly serving in the Canadian Armed Forces?
On what basis were members of hate groups within the CAF determined not to be a threat?
Is the report stating they aren’t a threat to the combat readiness of the CAF, or towards Canadians in general?
Does the CAF find it concerning that they are training and providing access to military weaponry to members of hate groups?
At a time when North America has seen an extraordinary increase in white supremacist activity and innocent people have been murdered by right wing extremists on our streets and in our houses of worship, it’s incumbent on the Canadian military to not ignore or diminish the potential danger we face. How is it possible that government leaders and military authorities have remained so passive in the face of these threats?
If we were talking about ISIS supporters within the ranks, surely we would see immediate action by the Minister of Defence and the Chief of the Canadian Defence Staff.
It must be crystal clear by now that all such groups are a threat to public safety, and that individuals who are connected to extremists, hate groups and hate activity should be dishonourably discharged.
This is not a time for inaction. Our Veterans fought the scourge of Nazism and hatred. Failure to act devalues their heroic efforts and leaves Canadians vulnerable to violent acts of terrorism and hate.
Editor's note: The 2018 report acknowledges that members of hate groups go to some length to hide their views. The sources of the data in the report seem to suggest that the reported numbers are based on incidents and information brought to the attention of the Canadian Military Police Criminal Intelligence Section, rather than proactive investigation to identify members of hate groups within the ranks. In short, the real number is likely higher.
Bernie M. Farber is the Chair of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network.