Nationalist Party of Canada

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Nationalist Party of Canada
Leader Don Andrews
Headquarters

300 Coxwell Avenue PO Box 3037 Toronto, Ontario

M4L 2A0 Canada
Ideology White nationalism, Antisemitism, Anti-multiculturalism
Political position far right
Colours red, white
Politics of Canada
Political parties
Elections

The Nationalist Party of Canada is an unregistered Canadian political party that was founded in 1977 by Don Andrews (born Vilim Zlomislic), who continues as leader of the party. The purported goals of the party are "the promotion and maintenance of European Heritage and Culture in Canada." Much of Don Andrews' writings, however, indicate that the party supports antisemitism and state-sponsored racism.

History[edit]

The Nationalist Party was founded by Andrews after he was legally barred by his bail conditions from associating with the Western Guard, another white supremacist organization. Andrews' group was briefly known as the National Citizens Alliance, which is not to be confused with the National Citizens Coalition.

From 1977 to 1985, the party published the "Nationalist Report", which ceased publication when Don Andrews and Party Secretary Robert Smith were charged and convicted under the Criminal Code of Canada for promoting hatred. Crown attorney Michel Anne MacDonald described the journal as containing anti-black, anti-Jewish and anti-Asian articles,[1] and the presiding judge described the "degree of hatred" in their journal as "obscene".[2] He added that Andrews was the "directing mind of the publication" and described Smith as a "faithful, industrious follower".[3]

In 1986, Andrews and Smith endorsed Holocaust denier Jim Keegstra's bid to lead the Social Credit Party of Canada.[4] The two men appealed to the Supreme Court of Canada in 1989, seeking to have their conviction overturned.[5] The court rejected the appeal in December 1990, ruling that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms did not protect hate speech.[6] Andrews and Smith served jail terms following the ruling.

The NPC continues to further its goals through supporting such projects as European Heritage Week (commemorated every October beginning on the Canadian observance of Thanksgiving) and a shortwave radio program. It also originated and operates the "Canadian Flag Perpetual Pride Campaign" each year during the months of July and December, where residences in cities and towns in Canada, and governments at the federal, provincial and municipal levels are encouraged to properly display new Canadian flags and to replace worn ones; this campaign has been extended to encourage Canadian flag displays at offices and stores of major Canadian corporations such as Canadian Tire, Unilever and Loblaws/Weston.

Don Andrews has run for Mayor of Toronto several times, including in 2003 when he won 0.17% of the vote. In that year, two other party members ran unsuccessfully for Toronto city council.

Party candidates[edit]

Bob Smith[edit]

Robert Wayne Smith is a frequent candidate for political office, and has sought election at the municipal, provincial and federal levels. Like Don Andrews, he was originally a member of the Western Guard Party.[7] He first ran for the Toronto School Board in 1972, when he was still a student.[8] His most recent campaign was for Mayor of Toronto in 2006. During his Western Guard days, he was the voice for its White Power Phone Message. Among organizations he has served in include the Canadian Anti-Soviet Action Committee, the Ontario Social Credit organization, as a director of the Ezra Pound Institute for International Studies, and as a guest commentator during the 1990s for the British Peoples' League Hour radio program. Today, he regularly blogs at his Internet column on the Nationalist Party website page, "Bob's Beat".

Electoral record
Election Division Party Votes  % Place Winner
1972 municipal Toronto School Trustee, Ward Eight n/a (Western Guard) 247 11/11 Ted Matthews and Arnold Hancock
1974 municipal Toronto City Council, Ward Four n/a (Western Guard) 200 7/7 Art Eggleton and George Ben
1976 municipal Toronto School Trustee, Ward Nine n/a (Western Guard) 864 6/7 Sheila Meagher and David Moll
1980 federal St. Paul's N/A (Nationalist) 108 6/9 John Roberts, Liberal
1980 municipal Toronto School Trustee, Ward Eight n/a (Nationalist) 1,319 6/9 Nola Crewe and Keith Baird
1982 municipal Toronto School Trustee, Ward n/a (Nationalist) 603 6/10 Nola Crewe and Keith Baird
1985 municipal Toronto School Trustee, Ward Eight n/a (Nationalist) 935 5/7 Nola Crewe and Ron Marks
Ontario provincial by-election, 1 April 1993 St. George—St. David N/A (Nationalist) 72 8/9 Tim Murphy, Liberal
2003 municipal Toronto City Councillor, Ward 31 n/a (Nationalist) 414 4/4 Janet Davis
2006 municipal Mayor of Toronto n/a (Nationalist) 1,105 0.19 20/38 David Miller

Sources.[9]

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Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Drew Fagan, "Not guilty plea entered 2 publishers deny promoting hatred", Globe and Mail, 17 September 1985, P19.
  2. ^ Drew Fagan, "Toronto pair guilty of promoting hatred against Jews, blacks", Globe and Mail, 10 December 1985, A19.
  3. ^ Drew Fagan, "Men sent to jail for promoting hatred", Globe and Mail, 14 December 1985, A21.
  4. ^ Stanley Oziewicz, "Evangelist wins Socred leadership, attacked as a racist by Keegstra", Globe and Mail, 23 June 1986, A1.
  5. ^ "Top court to decide on hate case appeals", Toronto Star, 3 June 1989, A14.
  6. ^ Graham Fraser and Miro Cernetig, "Supreme Court upholds curbs on free expression", Globe and Mail, 14 December 1990, A1.
  7. ^ "Ward Four", Toronto Star, 28 November 1974, A17.
  8. ^ "Progressive seeks conservative vote", Globe and Mail, 25 November 1972, A4.
  9. ^ The 1972 results are taken from the Globe and Mail newspaper, 5 December 1972, with 118 of 121 polls reporting. The 1974 results are taken from the Toronto Star newspaper, 3 December 1974, with 93 of 95 polls reporting. The 1976 results are taken from the Toronto Star newspaper, 7 December 1976. The 1980 results are taken from the Toronto Star newspaper, 11 November 1980. The 1982 results are taken from the Toronto Star newspaper, 9 November 1982. The 1985 results are taken from the Globe and Mail newspaper, 14 November 1985. The 2003 and 2006 results are provided by the City of Toronto. All federal and provincial information is taken from Elections Canada and Elections Ontario.