Canada Declares Proud Boys a 'Terrorist Group,' Remains Silent on Antifa
Liberal government adds group in the same category as ISIS
The Proud Boys group has been declared a "terrorist group" by the Canadian federal government along with 12 “terrorist entities,” folowing a push by far-left New Democrat leader Jagmeet Singh.
The Justin Trudeau-led Liberal government stated it would be adding a total of 13 groups, which could see criminal sanctions and asset freezes of anyone associated with the groups.
Public Safety Minister Bill Blair stated the Proud Boys, neo-Nazi groups ‘Atomwaffen Division’, ‘The Base’ and others will now be considered terrorist groups.
In the terror list, there is also several Al-Qaeda affiliated groups and Islamic State-affiliated groups.
“Based on their actions and ideologies, each group meets the legal threshold for listing as set out in the Criminal Code, which requires reasonable grounds to believe that an entity has knowingly participated in or facilitated a terrorist activity, or has knowingly acted on behalf of, at the direction of, or in association with such an entity,” Blair said.
The New Democrat leader Jagmeet Singh recently called for the Proud Boys to be declared a terrorist group.
Violent extremism has no place in Canada. Today, we announced that 13 additional groups have met the threshold to be listed as terrorist entities in Canada. These additions include four groups whose violent extremism is motivated by hateful ideologies. pic.twitter.com/scg3ljJuVP— Bill Blair (@BillBlair) February 3, 2021
But there was no mention of far-left group Antifa, who, along with Black Lives Matter, has caused untold destruction and violence across the US throughout 2020.
Singh took to Twitter after the announcement to gloat:
“It’s official. Proud Boys are designated a terrorist organization."
"Young people[,] Working people[,] Black, Brown and Indigenous people[,] This is our victory."
It's official.— Jagmeet Singh (@theJagmeetSingh) February 3, 2021
Proud Boys are designated a terrorist organization.
Black, Brown and Indigenous people
This is our victory.
I will be speaking to the country about the next steps soon.
RSVP Here: https://t.co/oCdkDI9ZIS
"I will be speaking to the country about the next steps soon.”
The motion was met with unanimous approval from all political parties in the house of commons.
But the Proud Boys’ presence in Canada is small compared to the United States.
The Proud Boys confronted the Mi’kmaw ceremony, which itself was a protest for the removal of a statue of Halifax founder General Edward Cornwallis.
Since the riots at the Capitol last month, two Proud Boys members have been indicted on federal conspiracy charges.
The Proud Boys leader was revealed to be a long-time informant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).