FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 17, 2021
Regina, SK – Today, the RCMP charged Travis Patron, founder and leader of the far-right Canadian Nationalist Party, with wilful promotion of hatred. The charge follows an investigation into an antisemitic video titled “Beware the Parasitic Tribe,” which Patron posted on YouTube.
In response, Shimon Koffler Fogel, President and CEO, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) issued the following:
“We commend the RCMP for responding to Travis Patron’s use of social media to promote hate against Jewish Canadians. We also commend our colleagues at the Canadian Friends of Simon Wiesenthal who have been working on this issue for some time. Patron’s lengthy rant about “swindlers,” “snakes,” and “inside manipulators” – as well as a subsequent reference to Jews and “the synagogue of Satan” – make his antisemitic agenda crystal clear.”
“Last July, CIJA and our Jewish Federation partners in Saskatchewan wrote to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General, the Hon. Don Morgan Q.C., urging him to provide the required consent for Mr. Patron’s prosecution. We also registered our concerns about the ‘Canadian Nationalist Party’ directly with Elections Canada, and we worked with social media platforms to ensure the hateful content was removed.
Heather Fenyes, Director (Saskatoon), CIJA National Board, added:
“It is outrageous that such vile hatred is allowed to poison the discussion in Canada’s public square. Too often, this kind of dehumanizing language has led to violence against the Jewish community. While we know this party and its leader are nothing more than a fringe movement, we cannot be silent when Jews are targeted by genocidal rhetoric.”
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada.