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Leader of white supremacy group says it doesn't have a racist agenda 
Tuesday February 27, 2001
Brian Caldwell
RECORD STAFF 


WATERLOO -- One of the leaders of a new Kitchener-Waterloo group denied 
yesterday that it has a racist agenda. 

B'nai Brith Canada and Waterloo regional police have both identified the 
Canadian Heritage Alliance as a white supremacy organization with 
ties to established hate groups. 

But in an interview through the doorway of her Waterloo apartment, 
organizer Melissa Guille dismissed that characterization as an attempt 
to discredit a legitimate political movement. 

"I know you can change anything I say to make it look bad," she said. 
"We are a nationalist group, not a hate group. We're not promoting hate 
at all. 

"We're not hurting anybody and we're not suggesting anybody be hurt. As 
long as it's not causing injury to anybody, there's no harm." 

A nondescript young woman who lives in a low-rise apartment building 
with her son and a couple of pet cats, Guille acknowledged she created 
and maintains the group's slick Internet site. 

She also confirmed that her younger brother, Chris Guille, is involved, 
but refused to name other organizers or say how many members they've 
attracted since launching the Web site in November. 

In addition to advocating such policies as restricted immigration and 
more money for the military, the site invites new members, solicits 
donations and sells T-shirts and other paraphernalia. 

Guille, 28, said the recruitment campaign is going well and organizers 
are working on plans to increase the group's profile, possibly through 
public meetings and protests. 

"We're older people, not teenagers," she said. "If you keep 
publicizing us, we're going to grow quite big." 

B'nai Brith, a Jewish human rights group, named the Canadian Heritage 
Alliance in a report last week as one of two new hate organizations 
in the K-W area that "will bear watching in the future." 

Although it is still small, the group is a serious concern because its 
members are older, well organized and relatively sophisticated, local 
police say. 

The other new group being monitored by police and anti-racism 
organizations is called the Canadian Ethnic Cleansing Team. 

Staff Sgt. Gary Askin said the Canadian Heritage Alliance carefully 
masks its views on white supremacy by stressing nationalist or European 
pride in promotional material. 

Guille said the group is dedicated to fighting "reverse discrimination" 
that has benefited minorities at the expense of white Canadians. 

"We're trying to remove the anti-white sentiment in society," she said. 
"We're trying to fix a country that has really been in decline for 
our children." 

But while arguing immigration must be tightly controlled and employment 
equity programs should be scrapped, she denied being a racist or believing 
whites are superior. 

"We're going against the liberal agenda," said Guille, a student at 
Wilfrid Laurier University who also has a business designing Web pages. 

"Basically, if you're British or German, you're evil, you're a racist, a
nd it's really unfair. We have nothing on the site that refers to 
hateful material." 

Guille said the group isn't affiliated with established hate groups, but 
she acknowledged she is a former girlfriend of Marc Lemire, a Toronto 
man behind the largest Internet hate site in Canada. 

She also denied any involvement in the group by her other brother, 
Andrew Guille, an admitted pedophile who was jailed for 15 months in 
1999 for downloading thousands of images of graphic child pornography 
via the Internet. 

Although she said the group isn't racist, Guille admitted it appeals 
to those who believe in white supremacy and said they are welcome to join. 


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