|Ronald A. Gostick|
|Born||July 18, 1918|
|Died||July 16, 2005(aged 86)|
|Known for||Founder of the Canadian League of Rights|
Ronald A. Gostick (July 18, 1918 – July 16, 2005) was a long-time figure on the Canadian far right and founder of the Canadian League of Rights. Gostick was involved in the Canadian social credit movement and later published far right and anti-Semitic material over the course of 50 years, including the Canadian Intelligence Service and On Target! and numerous books and pamphlets.
Gostick influenced a number of figures on the Canadian far right. Jim Keegstra got most of his reading material through his membership in Gostick's League. He also collaborated with John Ross Taylor and was a mentor to Paul Fromm and an associate of Patrick Walsh, a fellow traveller who worked as research director at the CLR. He was also associated with former Member of Parliament John A. Gamble, who worked with Gostick as Canadian leader of the World Anti-Communist League in the 1980s.
David Lethbridge, an anti-fascist activist and Communist Party member, described the CLR and Gostick as a "danger" because they soft-pedaled an essentially "fascist" message. "What made them dangerous was that they came across as mainstream", said Lethbridge to The Globe and Mail.
Ron Gostick was born in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales to Canadian parents and moved with them to Canada shortly after the First World War. They established a homestead near Stettler, Alberta and lived there for nine years before moving to Calgary. From 1933 to 1935, he attended Crescent Heights High School and was influenced by the school's principal, William Aberhart, a proponent of the social credit movement in Alberta. Gostick and his family became members of the Alberta Social Credit League. His mother, Edith Gostick, was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta in the 1935 provincial election that brought Social Credit to power for the first time, making Aberhardt Premier of Alberta. She would remain the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Calgary until 1940.
Ron Gostick entered the Canadian Army in 1941 and fought in the Second World War. After demobilization, he worked as a court reporter in Ontario and served as national secretary of the Social Credit Party of Canada, the less successful federal counterpart of Aberhardt's Alberta Social Credit party. He settled in Flesherton, Ontario where he spent most of the rest of his life. In the 1945 federal election, he ran as the Social Credit candidate in the Ontario riding of Grey North, coming in last place with 250 votes.
In 1946, Gostick founded the "Union of Electors", a social credit based provincial party that was inspired by the more radical Quebec wing of the Canadian social credit movement, the Union des electeurs.
He also began his publishing activities at the same time, beginning to issue the periodical Social Credit in 1947. The publication was disowned by the Social Credit Association of Canada in 1950 because of its anti-Semitism. Gostick renamed the periodical The Canadian Intelligence Service in 1951.
In the early 1950s, Gostick was a public speaker at meetings sponsored by the Americans rightists Gerald Smith and Wesley Swift (who later founded the Christian Identity movement). Gostick founded the Canadian Anti-Communist League with a mandate of exposing the "Communist-Zionist-monopolist-finance enemy of Christian civilization." The CACL became the Canadian affiliate of the World Anti-Communist League once the larger body was formed in the 1960s. The CACL became the Christian Action Movement and later in 1967 became the "Canadian League of Rights" (CLR). B'nai B'rith described the organization as being "long-known to support racist and anti-Semitic positions".
- "The two faces of Paul Fromm Archived 2006-06-16 at the Wayback Machine., Now Magazine, December 14, 2000, retrieved May 28, 2006.
- Jew-haters and red-baiters: The Canadian League of Rights, February 2, 1999, retrieved May 28, 2006.
- Ron Csillag (August 6, 2005). "Ronald Gostick, far-right publisher 1918-2005". Globe and Mail.
- The Heritage Front Affair Report to the Solicitor General of Canada, Security Intelligence Review Committee, section 7.6.8, December 9, 1994.
- "News release: Peel teacher flaunts board ruling". B'nai Brith Canada. December 11, 1996. Archived from the original on June 23, 2006. Retrieved 2007-01-17.
- On Target Vol.41 No.33 contains an obituary of Ron Gostick.