Archive/File: orgs/canadian/canadian_heritage_alliance/press/Record.010227 Last-Modified: 2001/02/27 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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