Many Canadians have spent Donald Trump's presidency believing our political landscape is quite different than our neighbours' across the border. But, if 2018 has taught us anything, it's that it has mobilized a lot of interesting characters, even over here in the north.
The latest Toronto mayoral election has brought one person in specific to the forefront, one who has been a significantly problematic figure in the past year. From starting campus riots to being banned from using companies such as PayPal, Faith Goldy has become what many are claiming is a Canadian hybrid between Tomi Lahren and Donald Trump. Though there is a lot more to the alt-right mayoral candidate than the constant controversy she finds herself in.
The 29-year-old has been described as an alt-right and white nationalist.
Goldy has not been shy with her opinion that white people are a superior race that needs to be protected. She has also supported the Fourteen Words as well as shared her views that immigration is ruining Canada.
She studied at the University of Western Ontario and the University of Toronto.
Faith studied here in Ontario at the University of Western Ontario before later graduating from Trinity College and the University of Toronto, where she got a degree in politics and history. In 2012 she was awarded the Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award by University of Toronto's Alumni Association.
She is currently running in the 2018 election for Toronto mayor.
Goldy took to her Instagram page on July 31st to announce that her bid for Mayor of Toronto had been certified. Since then she has been campaigning alongside other candidates such as John Tory and Jennifer Keesmaat.
Candidates in the election such as John Tory are refusing to debate with her.
While Faith Goldy is a confirmed candidate in the election, candidates such as John Tory are refusing to debate her in efforts to restrict her platform to talk about her controversial and backwards views.
She has previously worked with far-right media outlet, Rebel Media, on a TV segment called On The Hunt with Faith Goldy.
Rebel Media is an extremely controversial far-right media company and Faith Goldy's TV segment with them in the past has been compared to Tomi Lahren's time on TheBlaze.
After being invited to the Wilfrid Laurier University campus to speak by Lindsay Shepherd, a massive riot ensued on campus in protest.
Lindsay Shepherd, is a graduate student at Laurier who found herself in the news last year after sharing a video of Jordan Peterson that launched a massive debate over free speech on college campuses. Her second controversy, however, was inviting Faith Goldy to speak the following semester which resulted in a public outcry from students for the school to cancel the event, deeming Goldy a "Nazi."
She's currently in a legal battle with Bell Media over the company's choice not to air her political commercials.
Right now, Goldy is in a legal battle with Bell Media after they refused to run her 30-second campaign advertisement on CP24. Goldy is claiming the ban of her ad is "violating her constitutional right to freely express herself as a registered candidate."
She runs a Youtube channel with 77,000 subscribers.
Not only does Faith Goldy have a Twitter account with over 100,000 followers and an Instagram page with 33,000, but she also runs a YouTube channel where she is currently running her political platform.
After posing for a photo with Doug Ford, Goldy caused controversy when Ford refused to denounce her.
Doug Ford found himself in hot water after Faith Goldy posted the above photo to her Instagram on September 23rd when they met at Ford Fest. Goldy notes in the caption that she couldn't wait to "work with Doug," which drew a very strong response. While Ford continues to denounce hate speech, he refuses to outwardly denounce Faith Goldy specifically.
Goldy has been banned from sites such as PayPal and Patreon where she received donations from supporters.
On her YouTube channel, Goldy talked about being banned from the platforms as a result of her views, including a note from Patreon she had received saying:
"You recently sincerely recited the Fourteen Words on a podcast. At Patreon, we believe in freedom of speech and promoting diverse viewpoints- we want to create a platform that empowers creators to share and debate ideas. That said, we do not support exclusionary ideologies.'
She believes in the white genocide conspiracy theory.
Many alt-righters believe in the controversial white genocide conspiracy theory which outlines the belief that immigration, abortion, low fertility rates and organized violence are all a part of a scheme to deliberately lower the white population in countries so that they become a minority.