White su­prem­a­cist dis­avowed by UCP and fed­eral Tories joined Peo­ple’s Party of Canada

Cape Breton Post - - CANADA -

An al­leged white su­prem­a­cist who was kicked out of Al­berta’s United Con­ser­va­tive Party found a new po­lit­i­cal home in Maxime Bernier’s fledg­ling Peo­ple’s Party of Canada - at least briefly.

Adam Strashok’s name has van­ished from the mem­ber­ship list on the “Peo­ple’s Net­work - Al­berta” Face­book page, along with vir­tu­ally all other ev­i­dence of his pre­vi­ously ac­tive life on so­cial me­dia.

But a cached ver­sion of the page from mid-Septem­ber shows that he had joined the party and signed up two oth­ers.

A party spokesman did not di­rectly an­swer when asked if Strashok is still a party mem­ber and, if so, whether his mem­ber­ship would be re­voked.

“I can tell you he has not been elected to any in­terim EDA (elec­toral district as­so­ci­a­tion) board and, as far as we know, is not in­volved in or­ga­niz­ing,” Martin Masse said in an email.

In a bid to in­su­late it­self from ex­trem­ists, the Peo­ple’s Party is ask­ing all mem­bers of its rid­ing as­so­ci­a­tions across the coun­try to sign a pledge promis­ing that they “have done or said noth­ing in the past and will do or say noth­ing in the fu­ture that would em­bar­rass the party.”

But Masse said that vet­ting sys­tem ap­plies only to rid­ing-as­so­ci­a­tion board mem­bers, “not to our 32,000 mem­bers or to the thou­sands of peo­ple who’ve been at­tend­ing a meet-up or com­ment­ing on Face­book.”

How­ever, he added: “We’ve al­ways been very clear that any­one with ex­treme views was not wel­come in the party.”

Asked again whether the Peo­ple’s Party would can­cel Strashok’s mem­ber­ship should it dis­cover he is still a mem­ber, Masse said: “I re­peat: We’ve al­ways been very clear that any­one with ex­treme views was not wel­come in the party.”

The Cana­dian Press couldn’t reach Strashok to ask him about his party af­fil­i­a­tions.

Al­berta UCP Leader Ja­son Ken­ney last month dis­avowed Strashok af­ter re­ports by on­line me­dia out­lets Ric­o­chet and Press Progress re­vealed he had posted anti-Semitic and white su­prem­a­cist mes­sages on so­cial me­dia sites and was in­volved in an on­line store that sells mem­o­ra­bilia glo­ri­fy­ing white mi­nor­ity-rule in Rhode­sia, the colo­nial pre­cur­sor to Zim­babwe.

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