Canada needs to brace itself for the next chapter of far-right extremism - 2021-04-15

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F253.png Canada needs to brace itself for the next chapter of far-right extremism April 15, 2021, Jenn Jefferys, Macleans

In late January, a 66-year-old white man carrying 36 knives and plotting to "execute" politicians in advance of Newfoundland's provincial election was only narrowly thwarted by Deer Lake police following a high-speed car chase. He was a Trump supporter, according to his Facebook history, and his hope was to "stop the election." Sound familiar?

This story barely made a blip on Canada's national radar when it happened. But it points to a worrying trend that's shown no signs of slowing down since the Jan. 6 insurrection in the U.S. Capitol. The Canadian Anti-Hate Network (CAN) says many Canadian right-wing extremists were inspired by what they saw that day and have wanted to hold similar events in Canada. Thanks in large part to Donald Trump, these once fragmented groups are now actively organizing across generations and borders, united as "patriots" in what they see as civil war.

The world needs to brace itself for the next chapter of far-right extremism, Daryl Johnson, a domestic terrorism expert and former senior analyst with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, tells me. "The people you saw in Washington on Jan. 6 are just regrouping now. They're just waiting until the guard's down." Johnson doubts Canadians will ever see violence on the same scale as the United States but warns that far-right extremism remains a serious threat to public safety here.

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