The Anti-Semitic Roots of Canadian Conservatives' 'Foreign Funded Radicals' Attacks - 2019-02-06
Seven years ago, as the Harper Conservatives were settling into their first and only majority government, then-Natural Resources minister Joe Oliver published an explosive open letter accusing "environmental and other radical groups" of trying to block resource projects.
"It's financed, without exaggeration, by billionaire socialists from the United States—people like George Soros," Oliver, who is Jewish, told CBC's The National on January 9, 2012, the same day the now-infamous letter was published. In response, Open Society Foundation—founded by Soros—told the Vancouver Observer that it wasn't funding any pipeline opposition in Canada.
The Soros dog-whistle didn't seem to mean much at the time. After all, it was well before the Hungarian-American billionaire's name became a widely popular proxy for far-right fear-mongering about "globalism" and "paid protesters," and a pipe bomb was sent to his house by a Floridian Trump obsessive who shared memes describing Soros as a "Judeo-plutocratic Bolshevik Zionist world conspirator."