27 Jan 2021
Lawmakers in Canada’s House of Commons voted unanimously on Monday to classify the extremist far-right group Proud Boys as a white supremacist terrorist organization.
Canadians begin considering labeling Proud Boys as a terrorist group following the riot at the U.S. Capitol in January. A member of the Florida chapter of the Proud Boys was arrested on Wednesday on charges connected to his participation in the riot. Canadian Parliament member Jagmeet Singh introduced the proposal to classify the Proud Boys as a terrorist group on Monday.
Singh said that all parties had agreed to provide unanimous consent to the motion, which called on the Canadian government to “use all of available tools to address the proliferation of white supremacists and hate groups, starting with the immediate designating Proud Boys as a terrorist entity.”
The classification of Proud Boys as a terrorist group still needs to be approved by the national leadership to become law. Newsweek reached out to the office of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for comment.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the Proud Boys describe themselves as a group of “western chauvinists” that adhere to an “anti-white guilt” philosophy. The SPLC has labeled the Proud Boys as a hate group.
By Jeffery Martin, News Week, 25 January 2021
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