TORONTO (Aug. 15)
The Chinese Canadian National Council (CCNC) has protested to the Canadian Justice Minister over the distribution of anti-Semitic and other racist material purportedly originating in Idaho and asked that federal anti-hate legislation be changed to make it a more effective weapon.
The protest was in the form of a letter to Justice Minister Mark MacGuigan in which Dr. Albert Wu, president of the Chinese organization, declared that the organization’s Edmonton chapter had informed the National Council that “hate literature against the Jews and non-whites was recently distributed in Olds, Alberta.”
Wu wrote that the material bore the name of a group calling itself “White Aryans” and listing its address as P.O. Box 362, Hayden Lake, Idaho, 83835. He stated that the Nationalist Party, headquartered in Toronto, “claimed the responsibility of the distribution of the material and intends to distribute more hate material in the Edmonton and Calgary districts.” Wu added that, as a national organization “committed to the promotion of harmonious race relations and the enhancement of the multi-cultural and multiracial nature of Canada, ” the CCNC was concerned “about the destructive nature of such hate literature and the grave threat to public peace by groups like the Nationalist Party.”
Wu complained that “while few would disagree that groups like the Nationalist Party are undermining the fabric of our multi-cultural mosaic,” the official of Ontario Attorney General’s office, David Allen, said the Nationalist Party “is not violating the Criminal Code of Canada.”
Wu concluded that “perhaps the time has come for the Minister of Justice and federal and provincial attorneys-general to discuss the possibility of amending section 281 of the Criminal Code of Canada and means to enforce it.”