CANADA & WORLD CSIS sees ‘sig­nif­i­cant’ jump in far-right ex­trem­ist ac­tiv­ity, hate crimes

Ex­trem­ism can be traced back to the ear­li­est days of col­o­niza­tion, re­port says

StarMetro Edmonton - - CANADA & WORLD - Alex Boutilier

In a three-part series, the Star looks at the rise of white na­tion­al­ist and right-wing ex­trem­ist groups in Canada, and what au­thor­i­ties are do­ing to iden­tify and sup­press these threats. OT­TAWA—One month af­ter the deadly shoot­ing ram­page at the Grande mosquée de Québec, Canada’s spy agency qui­etly put to­gether a “pre­lim­i­nary as­sess­ment” of the threat far-right ex­trem­ists pose in Canada.

The re­port, heav­ily cen­sored and stamped “SE­CRET,” noted right-wing ex­trem­ism and vi­o­lence is noth­ing new in Canada — in fact, it can be traced back to the ear­li­est pre-Con­fed­er­a­tion days of col­o­niza­tion.

Cana­dian Se­cu­rity In­tel­li­gence Ser­vice (CSIS) traces far-right vi­o­lence back to race ri­ots in Nova Sco­tia in the 1780s, racial seg­re­ga­tion in On­tario schools in the 1840s, vi­o­lence against Chi­nese and Ja­panese im­mi­grants at the turn of the 20th cen­tury, “not to men­tion” gen­er­a­tions of dis­crim­i­na­tion against In­dige­nous peo­ples.

“At the heart of all rightwing ex­trem­ism is ha­tred and fear,” CSIS wrote in anal­y­sis ob­tained by the Star un­der ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion law.

But in re­cent years, the re­port noted, the tar­get ap­pears to have shifted.

“Within the range of groups is a sub­set which ei­ther overtly, or un­der the guise of non-vi­o­lent, cul­tural or re­li­gious preser­va­tion, fo­cus their on­line hate to­wards Is­lam, Mus­lim im­mi­grants, mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism and those Cana­dian politi­cians who are seen as sup­port­ing Mus­lim­friendly leg­is­la­tion.”

The mur­ders at the Grande mosquée prompted CSIS to re­open an on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion into far-right ex­trem­ism, just one year af­ter declar­ing the far right a “pub­lic-or­der threat” to be dealt with by po­lice, rather than a na­tional se­cu­rity threat to be han­dled by in­tel­li­gence agen­cies.

The agency’s as­sess­ment rec­og­nizes that Canada’s far­right move­ment is chang­ing. Hate crimes have been steadily ris­ing, pri­mar­ily tar­get­ing Jewish and Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ties. While many of the far-right groups iden­ti­fied by CSIS a decade ago PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti—A mag­ni­tude 5.9 earth­quake de­stroyed homes and dam­aged a church and at least one hos­pi­tal in Haiti, where of­fi­cials re­ported peo­ple were injured, but had not con­firmed lo­cal me­dia re­ports of deaths.

The U.S. Ge­o­logic Sur­vey said the quake that hit at 8:11 p.m. Satur­day was 19 kilo­me­tres north­west of Port-de­Paix on Haiti’s north coast.

The coun­try’s civil pro­tec­tion agency is­sued a state­ment say­ing many were injured and houses de­stroyed in Port-de-Paix, Gros Morne, Chan­solme and Tur­tle Is­land. have dis­banded, “nu­mer­ous” in­ci­dents of right-wing ex­trem­ist vi­o­lence have been recorded dur­ing that time. And there has been a “sig­nif­i­cant growth” of on­line groups “fo­cus­ing on a broad range of ex­treme right-wing po­si­tions, in­clud­ing white supremacy.”

CSIS de­clined mul­ti­ple in­ter­view re­quests over the last three months, and did not specif­i­cally ad­dress a num­ber of ques­tions pro­vided by the Star in Septem­ber.


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