Edmonton Sun, Nov, 2000 Racists disturb Alliance Hate flyers pop up at U of A By RACHEL EVANS, EDMONTON SUN The Canadian Alliance hopes voters have the wisdom to tell the difference between them and an American white supremacist group distributing flyers at the University of Alberta. About a dozen posters promoting a U.S.-based group called the National Alliance showed up on campus bulletin boards recently, disturbing Canada's official Opposition on two fronts. "It's unfortunate there are groups that do hate literature," said Canadian Alliance campaign co-chairman Eric Young. "It's unfortunate they'd have a similar name." The posters quote members of the National Alliance as wanting to live in a society made up only of "white" people. Edmonton-Strathcona Canadian Alliance MP Rahim Jaffer congratulated the students' union for its prompt removal of the offensive material and said he's confident voters will distinguish between his party and the U.S. hate group. "I've never even heard of these guys before," Jaffer said. "I can't imagine there would be confusion, first of all. I don't think it's a group that has any real influence. If this is what they stand for, I don't think people will give them the time of day." Meanwhile, campus security is investigating who put up the racist posters, and RCMP have been advised. Stories in a student publication will ask students to alert their union or campus security with any information about these posters or any others that may show up. "They're looking into tracking down who put them up," said students' union vice-president Jen Wanke. The students' union is also looking into filing a complaint with the Human Rights and Citizenship Commission. Human rights commission director Marie Riddle said she couldn't determine whether the contents of the posters constituted hate literature under the Human Rights, Citizenship and Multiculturalism Act without an investigation. She said an investigation must start with a complaint against a specific respondent in Alberta. No other Alberta universities and colleges reported finding any similar flyers.
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