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In this section, we examine two specific events that were
subject to much media speculation, the arrest of Sean
Maguire, and the visit to Canada of Tom, and his son John,
Metzger. We also deal with some extraneous matters relating
to Bristow's involvement with foreign White Supremacists.

   9.1 The Arrest of Sean Maguire

Sean  Maguire  was a leading American White Supremacist  who
entered Canada in 1991, and, during a short visit, stayed at
Grant  Bristow's home. He was arrested, based on information
provided by a CSIS Source, and was subsequently deported.

A   Toronto   Region  Investigator  said  that   he   passed
information   about  Sean  Maguire's  whereabouts   to   the
Metropolitan  Toronto Police Force who then made  the  "take
down". Prior to the arrest, the Service's Investigator  said
he  notified the police that there were guns in the trunk of
Bristow's  car.  Bristow was described as a  member  of  the
Heritage  Front. The CSIS Investigator was present when  the
police strategy session took place before the arrest.

Service officers knew, from a source, that Bristow had  guns
in  his  car. We learned that Peter Mitrevski was  a  little
surprised  to learn that Bristow carried guns  in  the  car.
Droege  mentioned  it  was  not illegal  because  he  had  a
Firearms Acquisition Certificate (FAC) and there was no ammo
in them.

On  September 20, 1991, Sean Maguire and Grant Bristow  were
travelling  in the latter's car, when they were  stopped  at
gunpoint  by the heavily armed Metro Toronto Emergency  Task
Force.  Sean Maguire was arrested on an Immigration warrant.
RCMP  and Immigration officials were on hand for the arrest,
as  was  a  CSIS  investigator from  Toronto  Region.  Grant
Bristow, when he was stopped, had guns in the trunk  of  his
car. Both men were taken to police station 41.

The  operation  was  a  cooperative effort  involving  CSIS,
Immigration, Metro Toronto Police and the RCMP.

In  the  trunk of Bristow's car, police found  two  guns  in
their  cases: a 12 gauge shotgun and a semi-automatic  rifle
that   was  inoperative.  At  the  arrest  scene,  the  CSIS
Investigator was dressed in civilian clothes and he was well
back  of  the  immediate  site of the  arrest.  Bristow  was
brought back to station 41, and he
was  berated  for  having weapons in the  car  by  a  police
officer at about the time that Wolfgang Droege came to  pick
him up.

When the police officers discovered the weapons in the trunk
of  the car, they took Bristow to the police station pending
a  decision on whether to charge him. They concluded that no
criminal or illegal act had taken place:

   * the  weapons were not transported dangerously  (i.e.,
     they were in their cases in a locked trunk);

   * they were not altered (sawn-off);

   * there was no ammunition; and

   * Bristow had valid Firearms Acquisition Certificates.

Also found were a red light (not illegal unless flashing), a
flashlight,  walkie talkies and a set of handcuffs.  Bristow
said he was a Loss Prevention Investigator and this was  his

Droege came to pick Bristow up while Maguire was still being
processed  by  a  Detective.[2] A  police  officer  strongly
cautioned  Bristow about his having guns and being  a  white
supremacist, while at the same time the Metro Toronto Police
were  searching  through Bristow's car for more  weapons  or
other contraband.[3]

The  Metropolitan  Toronto Police Force (MTPF)  pointed  out
that  Immigration had served the police with a  warrant  for
Maguire's arrest and this was the sole basis for the arrest.
That   is,   the  arrest  did  not  result  from   an   MTPF
investigation  and, save for the weapons in  Bristow's  car,
there were no grounds upon which to hold him.

The incident report was thin because the MTPF only acted  on
an Immigration warrant. Bristow was not mentioned because he
was  not  targeted by the warrant and he did not commit  any
illegal act.

According to Bristow, he owned two firearms, a shotgun which
was  operable  and  an inoperable semi-automatic  rifle.  He
acquired   these   from   Glengarry   Transport   after   an
investigation,  and  he also acquired  Firearms  Acquisition
Certificates. He had the guns in the trunk because he didn't
want  them in the house when Maguire was visiting. CSIS  was
aware that Bristow had the guns, and knew how he had come to
possess them.[4]

A  former  Immigration officer who was on the scene,  Harold
Musetescu,   informed  SIRC  that  there   was   a   "heated
discussion"  at station 41 about charging Grant Bristow  for
"dangerous   weaponsn  and  "unsafe  storage  of  firearms".
Musetescu  said that the police thought that they  had  "got
two  birds  with one stone", and were keen to  lay  charges.
Musetescu  alleged that Bristow was not charged  because  of
CSIS intervention.[5]

The  Review Committee did not find any corroboration for the
former  Immigration Officer's statements. According  to  the
Metropolitan Toronto Police, no one, including  the  police,
argued about whether to let Bristow go. If there had been  a
criminal offence, the police would have charged Bristow but,
as previously stated, nothing illegal had been found.

The  former  Immigration  officer stated  that  the  Toronto
Region Investigator wore a police jacket at the arrest.  The
CSIS  Investigator  said that he wore a police  jacket  only
once, at a later arrest of Tom Metzger. At that time, he had
it  on  for only five minutes, at the request of the police,
so  that  he  would not be accidentally shot if a fire-fight
broke out.

The  Toronto Region Investigator added that he thought  that
the  possession of the guns and the arrest were reported  in
an administrative report. The incident was mentioned briefly
in a report but, to the best of our knowledge the report did
not mention that guns were involved.

Press Accounts. According to one press account, Sean Maguire
was  arrested  at  gunpoint  on  September  20,  1991.  When
arrested, officers found in the car a 12 gauge shotgun,  and
an  FN Semi-automatic assault rifle.[6] The driver and owner
of the car, not reported, was Grant Bristow.

According  to a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation broadcast,
"the  police  were  really hot to trot to  lay  gun  charges
against  Grant.  But A1 Treddenick was going around  saying,
Hey,  he's a friend of ours, which basically means this  was
our  source."[7] Member of Parliament Tom Wappel put it more
succinctly to the Committee:

   "I would like to know, has CSIS a source [Who] . . .
   committed acts contrary to the Criminal Code with the
   knowledge of CSIS and did CSIS protect the source from
   charges being laid?"

The Review Committee has found no evidence that any criminal
or illegal act was committed by Grant Bristow or a Source of
the  Service in relation to the arrest of Sean Maguire  and,
consequently, the media accounts are wrong.

   9.2 The Metzqer Visit

In  June  1992,  Tom  Metzger, founder of  the  White  Aryan
Resistance  (WAR) and his son John, among the  most  violent
white  supremacists in the United States, came to Canada  at
the  behest of Wolfgang Droege.[9] Their arrival, arrest and
departure  was  the basis for further allegations  following
the  Toronto Sun's August 14, 1994 article about a purported
CSIS source.

      9.2.1 Arrival and Deportation

Canada's Immigration Branch had a country-wide alert out  to
stop the Metzgers at the Border. CSIS knew that the Metzgers
were  coming, but they did not have the travel  details.  We
have  learned that three days before the Metzgers'  arrival,
CSIS  attempted  to  learn the travel  details  of  Droege's
guest,  the  Metzgers.  Droege,  however,  was  holding  the
specific  details  close to his chest.  CSIS  was  aware  of
discussions about the Metzger's arrival, but they  were  not
sure  of  the  meeting place. Droege disclosed that  someone
would  be  there (to bring them across the border), location
unspecified. CSIS commented that it was possible that it was
Drew  Maynard  who was meeting the Metzgers  to  bring  them
across the Canada-US border. The time and meeting place were
still unknown.

According  to CSIS information, the Source played absolutely
no role in bringing the Metzgers to Canada in June 1992. The
Source  knew they were coming up but he had no idea  of  how
they  were  to come, and he backed off from the project  for
fear of arrest.[10]

At a debriefing with the handler, the Source was told not to
worry about it and not to ask any questions.[11] The handler
believed that the Source would have provided details  if  he
had  had  them  concerning the arrival of the Metzgers,  and
said  that he would have been negligent not to ast for  that
information.  He added, however, that he did  not  want  the
Source  running around asking people what was going  on  and
thus  jeopardizing his credibility. He subsequently  learned
that  the  Metzgers slipped across the border at Fort  Erie,
but  he  never  did  discover  who  drove  them  across  the

CSIS was unable to uncover the specific travel plans of  the
Metzgers.  The  handler had no details on how  the  Metzgers
entered Canada. The Source's involvement at the time was  to
tell   the  handler  when  the  Metzgers  were  in   Canada.
Immigration  knew that the Metzgers were on their  way,  and
they wanted to find out where and when they were coming, and
to find out what they were wearing when they arrived.[13]

The  handler was asked if the Source encouraged the Metzgers
to  come  to  Canada.  He  noted that  the  Source  did  not
encourage  Droege to invite big name White Supremacists  but
he would not have discouraged it either.

A  television program alleged that there was a plot  by  the
Metzgers  and Heritage Front members to "storm" the  Ontario
legislature.  According  to  the  Source,  there  was   some
discussion  in the Front about a "storming" and  also  about
the  possibility of the Metzgers presenting a  petition.  He
noted,  however,  that there was little or no  planning  for
either.[14]   We  have  learned  that  Droege  stated   that
obviously  there  was no intention of storming  the  Ontario
Legislature. The intent was to cause a confrontation  rather
than commit an illegal act.

On  June 26, 1992, Tom and John Metzger travelled to Toronto
in  order to speak at a Heritage Front meeting scheduled for
June  27.  In  the early hours of June 28, a  joint  police-
Immigration  operation led to the arrest of the Metzgers  on
charges  related  to  the Immigration  Act.  An  immigration
adjudicator ruled, on July 2, 19992[sic], that the  Metzgers
were  guilty of entering Canada intending to break  Canada's
hate  laws. Ninety minutes after the decision was made,  the
Metzgers were escorted out of the country.

After  their  deportation, Bristow  returned  the  Metzgers'
luggage  to  them  in  Buffalo, New York  at  11:30  in  the
evening.   According   to   the   Source,   Bristow    spent
approximately  15  minutes with them at  the  bar  and  then
another 15 minutes in the Metzgers' room. He then drove back
to Toronto because he had to work the
next morning.[15]

Wolfgang  Droege  was  with  the  Metzgers  when  they  were
arrested on the Immigration warrant. Droege, as was the case
with Bristow in the Maguire arrest, was not detained by  the

When  asked  whether  Bristow had provided  any  money,  the
Source  indicated that Bristow did not provide money to  the
Metzgers  but he shared with others the extra money required
to   change  the  Metzgers'  plane  tickets  to  return   to
California, after having been deported to Buffalo.  No  cash
was given to the Metzgers 16 CSIS' records indicate that the
tickets were paid for using Droege's
credit card.

      9.2.2 Information on Jewish Groups

The  Source said that Bristow absolutely did not pass  money
or  personal information on members of the Jewish  community
to  White Supremacists in the United States. Nor did Bristow
provide  information on any Heritage Front target groups  or
individuals  to Tom Metzger; and, in any case,  Tom  Metzger
had  more  information on American Jewish  groups  than  the
Heritage Front did.[17]

Media allegations were that Bristow visited the Metzgers  in
California. He told us that he had never been to California,
but his wallet, which had been lost or stolen, had ended  up
there  in  the  1970s;  Bristow learned  this  when  he  was
detained in Chicago on the return flight from Libya in 1989.
Bristow said that Tom Metzger had not asked him for  a  list
of  Canadian companies in California, but Gerald Lincoln had
sent one down, possibly provided by British Columbia racist,
Tony  McAleer.[18]  Lincoln  said  he  never  provided   any
information to the Metzgers.

The  information provided to the media by the  Metzgers  was

We  learned that on August 17, 1994 Tom Metzger suggested to
Droege  that, in the wake of the Dunphy article  three  days
before,  it  would  be the perfect time to  leak  that  that
traitor up there was a bag man for some heavy action down in
the  US. Droege could claim that the guy was carrying  money
back  and  forth in order to get the story on  the  American
scene. Droege later told Metzger that the best way would  be
to transfer the media to Metzger and say Bristow was running
across   to  the  US  and  using  Droege's  name   to   make

We  learned that on August 24, 1994 Wolfgang Droege informed
Tom  Metzger that he would receive a call from the  Canadian
Broadcasting Corporation. Droege told Metzger to  tell  them
(CBC)  that  Bristow also gave Metzger documents  on  Jewish
groups  in  Canada  and on Jews and on  other  leftist  type
organizations  and members. Metzger said he knew  the  story
would  grow.  Droege  said  that in  Canada  there  are  the
Canadian  Jewish  Congress (CJC), the B'nai  Brith  and  the
Simon  Wiesenthal Centre and Metzger could say that  Bristow
supplied him with information on these groups and also  some
of  their  people. Droege told Metzger to say  that  he  was
given  information  on  various leftists,  too  numerous  to
mention  and  that  would drive them up  the  wall.  Metzger
agreed.  Metzger  should give him (a CBC  reporter)  a  good
story  on that or maybe on Bristow giving Metzger money,  or
about giving Metzger files on people.

Droege  concluded  by saying that Bristow supplied  somebody
with  information on the Jews. This was a reference to Ernst

Later, Tom Metzger told Droege they (CBC) had just contacted
him  and  Metzger 'gave them a line of-crap  a  mile  long.'
Droege suggested that Metzger should watch the CBC news that
evening and asked Metzger, if they really bit. Metzger  said
it  sounded  like it, but Metzger had not pushed  the  money
part so much.

The  Review Committee has confirmed that the above exchanges
took place as described.

      9.2.3 Publicity for the Racists

On the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation television program,
The Fifth Estate, the announcer noted that:

   Metzger had inspired his followers to commit some
   of the worst Neo-Nazi violence in the U.S. Metzger
   had spent six months in jail just prior to his
   planned trip to Toronto. His criminal record and
   his Neo-Nazi views would be enough to bar him from
   Canada. Metzger's plan was to fly to Buffalo from
   California, then try to drive into Canada on
   Friday, June 26th.[19]

On the program, Tom Metzger said that Droege and Bristow had
invited  him to Canada, and that Bristow knew the  specifics
of  t-he trip, adding that Bristow paid for half the cost of
the airline tickets. According to The Fifth Estate, CSIS was
to  use  the eventual arrest to "make themselves  heroes  in
everybody's  eyes",  while  "they  manufactured  the  entire
incident". According to Tom Metzger, Bristow had been a CSIS
agent in this plan.

Tom Metzger made some additional statements. He alleged that
Bristow  had  subsequently  visited  him  in  California  in
December  1992, bringing with him the names, addresses,  and
sometimes   phone  numbers  of  people  "we   consider   top
Zionists":  people to be "targeted". Bristow had also  given
them  money,  "Believe  me, it was  enough  money  that  the
average Canadian taxpayer would be shocked".[20]

As  noted  earlier in this section, we saw  no  evidence  to
confirm  any of Metzger's statements. What we did  find  was
that  Droege and Metzger collaborated on what was to be said
in  advance  of the CBC interview, presumably  to  discredit
Grant  Bristow, CSIS and, at a minimum, to instill  fear  in
the Jewish community in Canada.

We  have learned that Droege's agenda was to keep the  flame
lit  and  let  people know they were out there. Droege  said
that  was why he always sought a lot of media attention  and
he  was  making  sure there was stuff in the media  all  the
time. He noted that certainly the first thing that needed to
be done was that the system needed after CSIS.

      9.2.4    Defacing Synagogues

The  Heritage  Front  hotline  threatened  revenge  for  the
deportation  of  the Metzgers, and on the following  Monday,
three  synagogues  in the Toronto area  were  defaced.  CSIS
issued  a  general Threat Assessment on June 26, 1992  which
stated  that  protests  and  demonstrations  in  support  of
Metzger were likely to occur as a
result  of  his  arrest. Sporadic and  spontaneous  acts  of
violence were possible. The arrest and deportation were also
(expected  to  attract  a great deal  of  publicity  in  the
Toronto  media. The Metro Toronto Police, OPP and RCMP  were
advised and worked with Immigration on this operation.

According to the CSIS Investigator, he received no  specific
warning  about  the  vandalism.  He  added,  however,   that
whenever  there is an action by the Government  against  the
far  right,  a  Threat Assessment is put out  to  warn  that
isolated  acts  of vandalism might take place.[21]  Regional
police   forces  are  aware  that  after  white  supremacist
rallies,  vandalism often takes place at  Jewish  cemeteries
and synagogues.

The  Source said that he did not have any specific knowledge
of  who  was responsible. He noted that he may have reported
that  problems were brewing and that people were upset,  but
he  had no information that the vandalism was going to  take

We  found  no indication that CSIS had any foreknowledge  of
the attacks on the synagogues.

      9.2.5 The Former Immigration officer

A former Immigration Officer, Harold Musetescu, alleged that
CSIS   manipulated  the  entry  into  Canada  of   prominent
international  white  supremacists.  This  idea   was   also
conveyed by The Fifth Estate program:

   "A few days later, the Metzgers were deported
   across the border. The whole operation looked
   like a smashing success for CSIS."

Harold  Musetescu  has  indicated that,  for  foreign  white
supremacists,  CSIS  followed  a  pattern  of  allowing  the
individuals into the country, and then having them  arrested
and   deported  to  bloat  their  own  (CSIS')   importance.
Musetescu  suggested that this was intended in the  case  of
Dennis Mahon, but was thwarted by Immigration, and that this
was  the  situation for the first Maguire  trip  to  Canada:
"CSIS  would  withhold information about their arrival  from
Immigration until after they arrived".[23]

Based on our review of CSIS files, and our discussions  with
the  principals, including senior officials at  Immigration,
we   found   no   evidence  of  CSIS  knowingly  withholding
information  from Immigration about the arrival  of  foreign
white supremacists.

In  fact, in the Metzger case, Immigration put out an  alert
to  Immigration officers across the country. This action was
taken as a result of information provided by CSIS.


1. SIRC interview of the Metropolitan Toronto Police Force.
2. SIRC interview of Toronto Region Investigator.
3. SIRC interview of Toronto Region Investigator.
4. SIRC interview of Bristow.
5. SIRC interview of Harold Musetescu.
6. Saturday Sun, September 21, 1991.
7. The Fifth Estate, October 4, 1994
8. Sub-Committee on National Security, September 13, 1994.
9. The Metzgers were successfully sued for US$13 million for
   instigating the beating death of an Ethiopian student.
10. Lincoln said Drew Maynard drove the Metzgers to Canada.
11. SIRC interview of Source.
12. SIRC interview of Investigator.
13. SIRC interview of Investigator.
14. SIRC interview of Source.
15. SIRC interview of Source.
16. SIRC interview of Investigator.
17. SIRC interview of Source.
18. SIRC interview of Bristow. The Source handler indicated that the
    account concerning the request for information involving Canadian
    companies was confirmed.
19. The Fifth Estate, CBC October 4, 1994.
20. The Fifth Estate, CBC October 4, 1994.
21. SIRC interview of Handler.
22. SIRC interview of Source.
23. SIRC interview with Harold Musetescu.

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