Canada Adds Far-Right Groups to Terror Watch List for First Time - 2019-06-26
The two groups, Blood and Honour and Combat 18, were added to the Government of Canada's list of terrorist entities earlier this week. As first reported by Global News today, the decision was initially made public in the Canada Gazette, the Canadian government's newspaper, and comes after the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) said in its annual report last week that the agency will be putting resources into "better understanding" the far-right.
The Canadian government describes Blood and Honour as an "international neo-Nazi network" and Combat 18 as the group's "armed branch" that has "carried out violent actions, including murders and bombings." The description says that the linked groups have carried out attacks in North America and Europe, and points to the murder of two homeless men in 1998 and the 2012 firebombing of a building housing Romani familys in the Czech Republic.
These groups aren't just international, however—they are active in Canada. When a group is included on the terrorist entities list, the property of its members can be seized by the government, and it becomes "an offence to knowingly participate in or contribute to, directly or indirectly, any activity" of said group.