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
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.
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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.
“AT THE HEART OF ALL RIGHT-WING EXTREMISM IS HATRED AND FEAR.”
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