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Summary: The League for Human Rights (B'nai Brith Canada) 1994
         report on the extremist organization The Heritage
         Front

This article is the first in a series, reprinted with the
permission of the League for Human Rights of B'nai Brith
Canada. The remaining 17 parts will be published to
can.politics at the rate of one per day.

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                          Foreword

In 1992 the League for Human Rights prepared a research report 
on the Heritage Front for internal use and limited circulation 
among those in the business of combating racially motivated crime. 
In the two years since that reports was written, there have been 
substantial changes in the Heritage Front (HF). Most notably, 
three HF leaders were jailed for charges related to the operation of 
the Front's telephone "hateline." These events revealed to the public 
serious problems within the Front, including poor financial health 
and declining membership. It was felt that an up-to-date report was 
needed to provide accurate information for those interested in racist 
groups. 
 
Changes in the Canadian far right in the last two years are also 
reflected in this report. The decline in prominence of several 
right-wing leaders, including Church of the Creator leader George 
Burdi, have affected Heritage Front activities. ln addition, new 
Heritage Front splinter groups such as Equal Rights For Whites have 
shifted the balance of power in the Heritage Front.  
In August 1994 a series of stunning allegations suggested that the 
Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) gave money to Grant 
Bristow to serve as an informant on far-right organizations in 
Canada. Heritage Front leaders have corroborated the suggestions in 
the media that Bristow, who was first given money in 1989, gave a 
great deal of money to the organization, especially in its early 
days. Thus, CSIS allegedly indirectly created and maintained the 
Heritage Front in the name of national security This report 
begins to explore this covert relationship from its inception in 
1989 until its expose five years later.  

Attempts have also been made by Heritage Front members to access 
mainstream political parties, such as the Reform Party. Furthermore, 
the long recession that is only now ending in Canada has had a 
profound impact on young people, many of whom are becoming active 
members of far-right organizations. The dangers of hate group 
recruitment activity are outlined in a pamphlet appended to this 
report, copies of which are available through the League.  

The creation of Hate Crimes Units in major police services across 
Canada as well as intelligence gathering by federal and provincial 
police agencies, have escalated the fight against hate and bias 
crime. We trust that this report will be useful to law-enforcement 
personnel, to media of the media, and to all citizens interested 
in combatting hate group activity in Canada.
 
Lyle Smordin 			Dr. Karen Mock
National Chair,			National Director,
League for Human Rights 	League for Human Rights

September 1, 1994

                     Acknowledgements

This report was prepared by Richard J. Berman, Research and 
Communications, and edited by Dr. Karen Mock, National Director. It 
was based on the Heritage Front Report: 1992, by Susan Sapiro, Summer 
Intern, and additional research material was compiled by Junipero 
Lagtapon, 1994 Summer Intern. This report was designed by Joel Roff 
using Quark Express for Macintosh.  

All references are credited in the appendices and/or bibliography. 
We are grateful to the students, volunteers, and staff for their 
outstanding contribution to this report and to the ongoing 
work of the League.  

(C) 1994 League for Human Rights
Printed in Canada
All rights reserved

No part of this book may be produced or utilized in any form or by 
any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying and 
recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without 
permission in writing from the publisher.

~
The League for Human Rights of B'nai Brith Canada, 15 Hove
Street, Downsview, Ontario M3H 4Y8. 416-633-6224.

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