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An analysis of 150,000 chat room messages paints a picture of a group that is actively recruiting new members, buying weapons and trying to influence political parties
SHANNON CARRANCO AND JON MILTON
SPECIAL TO THE GLOBE AND MAIL
PUBLISHED APRIL 27, 2019
THE GLOBE AND MAIL
Canada has been butting heads with some of its closest allies over the extent to which rising white supremacy at home and abroad poses a global threat, federal insiders say.
The quiet but at-times-controversial diplomacy has come as Justin Trudeau’s Liberals, gearing up for a federal election campaign this fall, try to portray Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and his party as soft on white supremacy and so-called alt-right views.
Facebook recently announced it is banning a number of Canadian far-right figures and groups from its platform. Those expelled from Facebook include the “alt-right” activist Faith Goldy and the hate groups Soldiers of Odin, the Canadian Nationalist Front, and the Aryan Strikeforce.
The decision comes on the heels of the terrorist attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand, where a white supremacist killed 50 worshippers and injured 50 more at two mosques in the city.
Every right-wing authoritarian movement has one thing in common: a brutal clampdown on any persons or groups who promote equality.
Hundreds of white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and members of the alt-right march down East Market Street toward Emancipation Park during the Unite the Right rally on August 12th, 2017, in Charlottesville, Virginia.
(Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Facebook has imposed a ban on a dozen far-right individuals and organisations that it says "spread hate".
The ban includes the British National Party and Nick Griffin, the English Defence League and the National Front.
The list also includes Britain First, which was already banned, but this latest action will prohibit support for it on any of the US firm's services.
It said it had taken the action because those involved had proclaimed a "violent or hateful mission".
Facebook recently announced it’s banning a number of Canadian far-right figures and groups from its platform. Those expelled from Facebook include the “alt-right” activist Faith Goldy and the hate groups Soldiers of Odin, the Canadian Nationalist Front and the Aryan Strikeforce.
'There shouldn't be as many candidate problems as they have'
A couple of United Conservative Party candidates have dropped out during the election after making racist comments and controversy swirls around some others on the party slate.
But those prospective politicians made it through the party's own extensive questionnaire that all its candidates must fill out, — a document obtained and verified by CBC News.
Some questions are mundane. But other questions are more personal.