Canada May Officially Declare ‘Proud Boys’ A Terrorist Group After The US Capitol Riots
"They're all hateful, they're all dangerous."
Federal officials have committed to getting serious when it comes to extremist groups like the
In an interview with CTV’s Question Period, Canada’s Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair revealed that the country is considering adding the Proud Boys to its list of recognized terrorist organizations.
They are white supremacists, anti-Semitics, Islamophobic, misogynist groups.
"We're very mindful of ideologically-motivated violent extremists, including groups like the Proud Boys," said Blair.
The move would place the group alongside other extremist organizations considered to be a threat to Canada, such as Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, the Taliban and others.
Blair described organizationsas “violent extremists,” and “white supremacists,” who are “all hateful” and “all dangerous.”
He promised that the federal government continues to actively gather intelligence on them.
“We're working very diligently to ensure that where the evidence is available, where we have the intelligence, that we’ll deal appropriately with those organizations,” the minister added.
His comments come days afterbroke out in the United States, where groups like the Proud Boys were present.
During the events, riotersthe American Capitol building — a move which was described by Justin Trudeau as an
Blair agreed, telling CTV, “What we witnessed this week, an assault on one of the most important democratic institutions in the world, not just in the United States, and clearly motivated by extremism and hatred… I think that meets all of the criteria for terrorism.”
Shortly after the U.S. riots, Canada’s NDP leaderto list the Proud Boys as a terrorist group.
Back in 2020, the Canadian Armed Forces went viral online after publicly trolling the Proud Boyson social media.
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