Earlier this year, the Proud Boys, a right-wing extremist group that promotes white supremacist views made international headlines after being bolstered by Donald Trump.
Its founder is from Canada.
This isn’t only a problem in the United States. In Canada, there are 300 active far-right extremist groups operating across the country, right now.
Here are some additional facts:
• Canada has seen a 200% increase in active hate groups in the last 5 years.
• Criminal and hate motivated incidents reported to police rose by more than 60% between 2014 and 2017.
• In 2018, the federal government’s own report identified that right-wing extremism poses a threat to Canadian society.
Hate and far-right ideology spread like fire online and Canada has been slow to tackle this issue.
After the Christchurch attacks in New Zealand in 2017, Justin Trudeau pledged to fight online hate, but instead of making social media accountable, he decided to trust social media companies with voluntary measures.
During the last campaign, he committed to truly make them accountable and yet, no action.
All Canadians have a right to feel safe.
On November 10, Jagmeet added to the voice of more than 25 anti-hate and civil liberties groups calling on Justin Trudeau to establish a national action plan to dismantle white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups, to tackle hate in this country.
Together, they called on Justin Trudeau and all federal party leaders to condemn and immediately establish a national action plan to dismantle far-right extremist organizations, including those that promote white supremacy.
Add your name and join Jagmeet in calling on Justin Trudeau’s government to immediately act on:
• Immediately implement measures to tackle online hate including regulations to have social media platforms remove hateful and violent content from their platforms;
• Hosting a federal-provincial-territorial meeting to discuss the rise in hate crimes in Canada, coordinate our collective efforts, identify best practices to countering this rise and establish a national action plan to dismantle white supremacy extremist organizations;
• Creating and properly funding dedicated hate crime units in every community across Canada;
• Establishing national standards for identifying and recording all hate incidents and their dispensation in the justice system; and
• Working in collaboration with non-profits to facilitate the reporting of hate crimes.