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   4.1 Events in 1990

At the beginning of 1990, discussions were underway in both the 
Nationalist Party of Canada and Wolfgang Droege's Heritage Front to "garner 
more American support". With neither Andrews nor Droege welcome in the United 
States, the Source thought that Grant Bristow might have had to be their 
emissary, but he actually travel led little on their behalf during that year.

We learned that, on March 18, 1990, Droege, Bristow, Lincoln, Donna 
Elliot and others were responsible for disrupting a television broadcast. The 
program was aired on TV Ontario and dealt with racism issues. During the 
telephone-in portion of the program, the Heritage Front group was able to 
partially tie up the telephone lines, and they "were also able to start a 
number of arguments with the guest panel and state their white supremacist 

From time to time, Droege wanted action, and the Source would have 
to manoeuvre to maintain credibility, and yet not divulge information. He 
created a series of imaginary events to demonstrate that he was active, 
fictitious events he would recount to Ken Barker, Elisse Hategan, Wolfgang 
Droege and other Heritage Front member. Wolfgang Droege would allege to the 
Review Committee, on the other hand, that it was Grant Bristow who got a kick 
out of harassing people, and keeping track of them, but no laws were broken and 
it did not concern him.[1] Our assessment of Wolfgang Droege's testimony is 
described in chapter XIII.

Both the Heritage Front and the anti-racist groups sought out 
disaffected youth in Toronto. In June 1990, Droege told Bristow about plans to 
distribute leaflets at schools. They also discussed "spray painting (anti-white 
slogans) and vandalism operations" to discredit anti-racists, but we saw no 
information to show that the latter activities were carried out by the Front.

In November 1990, Ernst Zundel asked Droege to provide security for 
David Irving's visit to Ottawa. Irving is a British writer and Nazi sympathizer 
who denies the Holocaust took place and is a favoured speaker for anti-Semitic 
and white supremacist groups. Droege, in turn, directed Grant Bristow to 
accompany him.

On December 8, 1990, a secret Heritage Front rally was attended by 
Edmund Burke Society founder, Paul Fromm. The meeting, a "Martyr's 
Day rally was held to honour the memory of Robert J. Matthews, leader 
of the violently racist extremist group, "The Order" who was killed 
in a shootout with US officials in 1984. Wolfgang Droege had been on 
the periphery of that group, known to its members as the "Bruders 
Schweigen", or the "silent brotherhood. "[2]

In 1990, Stephen Andrew Hammond was arrested on a Canada wide 
Immigration Warrant for which the Source provided the information. 
Hammond, a white supremacist from the United Kingdom, had been deported 
twice before from Canada and the USA. He was associated with the Ku Klux 
Klan and had been jailed in Dominica for threatening to kill a cabinet 
minister, and after attempting, with Wolfgang Droege, to overthrow that 
island's government.

   4.2 The Heritage Front in 1991

In January 1991 Droege tasked Grant Bristow to meet Al Hooper in British 
Columbia and Terry Long in Alberta to solicit support in an attempt to 
unify the white supremacist movement in Canada. Droege wanted Hooper's 
list of 180 names of persons who supported the movement. Droege also 
wanted an assessment of the split in the Aryan Resistance Movement 
(ARM); its leader, Al Hooper had pledged his support to Droege.

When Bristow visited Terry Long in Alberta at the request of Wolfgang 
Droege, Long spoke of setting up a Canadian Aryan Computer Network. 
Long was the head of Canada's Aryan Nations white supremacist group 
and told Bristow that he was developing a list of targets 
(see Chapter V, 5.2).

Droege instructed Grant Bristow to accompany him on a trip to 
Munich on March 20, 1991 to a neo-Nazi conference sponsored by Ernst Zundel. 
Zundel had asked the two to accompany him to the conference which he promoted. 
The rally was broken up by German police and Zundel' was arrested.

April 1991 saw two events. Droege established a "computer link" with 
Terry Long, although this means of communications was short-lived. Of greater 
significance that month, Wolfgang Droege and Ernst Zundel, the Holocaust Denier 
and prolific publisher of hate literature, [3] appeared together publicly at a 
Heritage Front meeting. [4]

In May 1991, Terry Long, Wolfgang Droege and Grant Bristow met to discuss, 
among other issues, the establishment of a bulletin board (BBS) hate line 
similar to one in the United States.

On May 27, 1991, Alan Over field's security group, including several 
people from the Heritage Front, provided perimeter security at a Reform 
Party information meeting in Toronto. Bristow was part of the team that 
waited outside the church, presumably to repel members of CARP - 
Coalition Against the Reform Party. The role of the CSIS Source is 
described in chapter VII concerning the Reform Party (7.1).

Also in May, Alan Over field associated with the Heritage Front, was 
involved with the interim board of the Beaches-Woodbine riding 
association of the Reform Party.

The next month, on June 12, 1991, the Reform Party of Canada held a 
massive rally in Mississauga, Ontario. The event, which drew some 6,000 
people to hear Preston Manning, marked the first high profile event for 
the security group directed by Droege's employer, Alan Overfield. 
During the June Mississauga rally, Grant Bristow served as an 
escort/bodyguard for Preston Manning, at the direction of Al Overfield 
and Wolfgang Droege.

The security group impressed some local Reform organizers who attended 
the event and they drew upon the group's free services to protect other 
meetings until January 1992. Details about the security group and the 
Reform Party of Canada are provided in chapter VII (7.5).

On June 13, 1991, several Heritage Front members attended a meeting of 
Paul Fromm's Canadians for Foreign Aid Reform (C-FAR) where Overfield 
from the Reform Party set up a table to sign people up for the Party. 
The dates on the membership forms for Droege, Polinuk, Dawson and 
Mitrevski, however, show that they had joined the Party before that 

On June 19, 1991, Droege's racist agenda was profiled in a "Toronto 
Star" article. He stated then that "Preston Manning has given us some 
hope. [5] In that month, violent United States white supremacist, Tom 
Metzger came to Canada at the invitation of Droege to attend a 
Heritage Front rally.

Wolfgang Droege and Terry Long requested that Bristow attend the 
Aryan Nations Headquarters annual meeting at Hayden Lake Idaho in mid-July. He 
also received a verbal invitation from USA white supremacist Louis Beam to 
attend the function. Droege wanted Bristow to make contact with other white 
supremacists and, possibly, to deliver correspondence to Louis Beam. Bristow 
stayed with Sean Maguire at a hotel near the campground.

In July 1991, the Source intercepted and provided to CSIS a listing 
of personal information which the Front received from Terry Long. The list was 
presented as an intelligence file in which the recipients were to contribute 
material when required.

In early July, the Overfield security group provided security for 
the founding meeting of the Beaches-Woodbine Reform constituency association. 
Bristow was outside the meeting with the Overfield team and, with Wolfgang 
Droege, paced the street in front of the Legion hall. Overfield was elected to 
the executive at the end of the month.

The fact that Droege was an avowed racist was revealed to some 
Ontario Reform Party officials in July and August 1991 (see chapter VII, 

The Heritage Front's telephone Hate Line was established by the 
Fall of 1991. It was to be the target of legal actions by the Jewish and Native 
communities, and was to be stopped, and then restarted seven times over the 
next three years. 6 Eventually, the hotline was mainly Gary Schipper's project, 
see chapter V (5.3).

In the autumn, Nicola Polinuk and James Dawson became associated 
with the Beaches Woodbine riding executive.

September 1991 saw the first public meeting of the Heritage Front 
to which the media had been invited. Bristow, according to the Heritage Front, 
had set up a media room to facilitate interviews with those who spoke at the 
meeting. Grant Bristow was among those who spoke there.

That month, Toronto police, in a coordinated operation with several 
other agencies, arrested American racist Sean Maguire in Bristow's car. 
Maguire was arrested and deported on an Immigration warrant. Details of 
the case are provided in chapter IX (9.1).

On September 24, 1991, Heritage Front members attended the Toronto 
Mayor's Committee on Community and Race Relations. At the meeting, Paul 
Fromm yelled out "scalp them" at an anti-racist leader, when the latter 
said that halls should not be rented to racists. Fromm and 15 supporters 
were ejected.

In December 1991, American racist Dennis Mahon entered Canada to 
speak at a Heritage Front meeting. The month also marked the first 
appearance of the Heritage Front newsletter "Up Front" prepared by 
Gerald Lincoln.  

   4.3 Reform Investigation and Clashes with Anti-Racists

In 1992, the Front branched out. In January of that year, Bristow was 
sent to Montreal by Droege "for the purpose of feeling out the White 
Supremacist movement there". The CSIS Source would later learn the 
outcome of this trip and advised the Service. CSIS, in turn, 
forwarded this information to the police and to several federal 
government agencies.

Also in January, the Reform Party held its second biggest Ontario 
rally, this time in Pickering. As with the previous massive rally, the 
Overfield team provided security. Grant Bristow was once again the 
bodyguard for Preston Manning in the hall. We describe the situation 
in chapter VII (7.5).

On February 28, 1992, the "Toronto Sun" published an expose which 
showed that the Heritage Front had infiltrated the Reform Party of 
Canada in Ontario. The article resulted in a decision. by the Reform 
Party to form a Special Committee of the Executive Council to 
investigate the problem. Through the Spring of 1992, the Special 
Committee contacted the 22 people that Al Overfield had signed up 
for Reform and expelled five persons: Wolfgang Droege, James Dawson, 
Nicola Polinuk, Peter Mitrevski and then Alan Overfield. Later that 
year, others would follow.

Five days before the Pickering rally, according to a magazine article, 
the militant anti-racist group, Anti-Racist Action appeared in Toronto.[7]
While the Heritage Front held a meeting in Toronto's Ristorante Roma 
Restaurant, Anti-Racist Action demonstrators tried to confront the 
estimated 40 skinheads inside. The issue is described in chapter V (5.4).

On April 13, 1992, the "Canadian Press" revealed that high school English 
teacher, Paul Fromm, spoke at a secret Heritage Front rally in December 
1990. He also, said the article, addressed another Heritage Front 
meeting in September 1991.[8]

On May 18, 1992, the Morgentaler abortion clinic in Toronto was 
firebombed. Graffiti identifying the Heritage Front was found on a nearby 
wall and the police received unsubstantiated allegations that the 
Heritage Front had knowledge about the incident.

Recruiting at high schools led the Heritage Front into direct 
conflict with the ARA, and the two groups collected information on one another. 
The ARA started holding their meetings at high schools, and putting their 
position forward. The first discussions took place at this time in the Heritage 
Front on whether to monitor or infiltrate the anti-racist groups.

In 1992, the "Klanbusters" group was established. They had discovered 
a method of gaining access to Droege's answering machine. As a result, they 
could change the message he left on his machine, and they could learn who had 
called him. The practice, Droege would later tell the Review Committee, was 
adopted by a number of Heritage Front opponents and, ultimately, the Heritage 
Front itself.[9]

The Heritage Front and its opponents in the ARA adopted similar 
techniques of breaking into each others' hotlines in order to disrupt each 
others' activities.[10] To CSIS' Toronto Region, the information indicated that 
the potential for confrontations between the racists and the anti-racists would 
likely increase. We discuss the issue in chapter V (5.4).

In July 1992, Tom and John Metzger of the White Aryan Resistance 
were arrested after they left a Heritage Front meeting. They were deported 
several days later (see chapter IX, 9.2). This was also the year that David 
Irving, a British author and Nazi sympathizer, was arrested and deported from 

The allegation was made in 1992 that Front members ciculated the unlisted 
telephone number of a prominent Vancouver Canadian Jewish Congress leader, 
Dr. Michael Elterman. The charge proved to be unsubstantiated. Details are 
provided in chapter V (5.10).

By the winter of 1992, Heritage Front efforts to recruit students at 
Toronto's East End high schools were well underway.

In early 1993, the Heritage Front attended an anti-racist demonstration 
held by the students at Riverdale Collegiate. No violence took place.

Two persons from the Church of the Creator helped Grant Bristow perform 
security duties for the Heritage Front. On December 15, 1992, Bristow was 
asked to show the Fischer brothers how to trace telephone numbers using 
the reference books available in the public library. The result is 
described in chapter V (5.8).

In 1992, the Heritage Front members, on the instructions of Droege, were 
using the telephone numbers they had acquired to make increasingly violent 
threats against anti-racists. To reduce the threatening nature of the 
program, an information collection campaign, the "It" campaign, began at 
the end of 1992 and continued through 1993. The campaign drew on the 
information which the Heritage Front obtained by breaking into answering 
machines.[12] Chapter V (5.7) in this report describes the campaign.

In November 1992, Heritage Front activities were described in the media 
and Grant Bristow was mentioned incidentally. Some time later he set up 
a course in security training.

Tom Metzger, the avowed American racist, would state in 1994, on "The 
Fifth Estate", that Grant Bristow visited him in California in December 
1992, bringing lists of Jewish leaders and a considerable amount of 
money. His statements were fabricated; we describe the issue in 
chapter IX (9.2).

   4.4 The Harassment Campaign Peaks

On January 22, 1993, American white supremacist Dennis Mahon, of the 
White Aryan Resistance movement was arrested on his arrival at Toronto's 
Pearson International Airport and then deported.  

On January 25, 1993, as police escorted 30 Heritage Front members 
into a courthouse for a Human Rights Tribunal hearing, a protest organized by 
the Anti-Racist Action group, which attracted 500 demonstrators, turned 
violent with two protestors being arrested on assault charges.[13]

In February 1993, Wolfgang Droege was told that the Klanbusters and 
the International Socialists were going to hold meetings. Eric Fischer sent 
two Church of the Creator members to find out what was going on.[14]

In the Spring of 1993, the Native Canadian Centre filed a complaint 
against the Heritage Front's hate line. Droege and others would 
later receive prison time for contempt of a Court Order in this connection.

In March 1993, the Source reported that the Church of the Creator 
had been successful in attending anti-racist meetings.

CSIS files showed that the Source obtained information from members of the 
Church of the Creator who had penetrated the anti-racist meetings. This 
information indicated the degree to which antiracists were preparing to 
confront the white supremacists; the file information indicated that 
Klanbusters organizer Rodney Bobiwash encouraged direct confrontation as the 
best way to defeat the neoNazi groups.

Bristow provided some names to Alan Overfield, under instruction 
from Droege. These were names obtained from numbers which had appeared on 
Droege's answering machine. The Source consulted with the Toronto Region 
Investigator, who said to go ahead if the information received from the 
answering machine was specific and well-known.

In March 1993, racist posters were produced which listed the names 
and addresses of anti-racists.[15] In October 1993, Elisse Hategan was charged 
with disseminating defamatory libel and wilful promotion of hatred for her 
involvement with the posters. She would later affirm that she was informed that 
Al Overfield produced the flyers that she was arrested for distributing (see 
chapter V, 5.9.4).

From April through June 1993, Grant Bristow was involved in several 
incidents with members of the Jewish community. In April, Bristow was said to 
have intimidated a B'nai Brith lawyer at the Toronto Mayor's Committee on 
Community and Race Relations.[16] The next month, he approached the 
President of the Jewish Students Network at a demonstration outside the 
Ontario Attorney General's office in Toronto. These and other events 
which took place in June 1993, are described in chapter V (5.10).

On May 29, 1993, an estimated five hundred anti-racist supporters 
demonstrated outside a Heritage Front recruitment concert in Ottawa. 
The racist band, RaHoWa[17] was playing to a crowd of about 60 
skinheads. After a near-riot, four Heritage Front members were charged 
with assault. The Heritage Front then became more militant as Droege 
wished to increase the confrontations with his opponents. CSIS routinely 
provided threat assessments to the police on the potential for violence 
arising from the confrontations between the racists and the anti-racists.

In May 1993, John Gamble, former Conservative and Reform Party nominee in 
Don Valley West riding, was expelled from the Reform Party. Also expelled 
were several officials who supported him from various riding associations. 
Wolfgang Droege had attended Gamble's March 31, 1993 nomination meeting. 
Later that month, Droege received $500 to embarrass Reform Party leader 
Preston Manning by attending a meeting in Oshawa. The events are described 
in chapter VII (7.6.7, 7.6.8).

Droege and Ernst Zundel wanted the telephone numbers and the addresses of 
both anti-racist and Jewish community leaders. Had the Source wished to do 
so, the numbers and the addresses could have been provided quite easily; 
but the Source did not do so.[18]

Bristow, in his position with the Heritage Front, carried out Droege's 
instructions in regard to a harassment campaign and also informed the 
anti-racists that a Heritage Front event was planned (see chapter V, 
5.7, the "It" campaign). When the Source could not avoid this type of 
task, he informed the Toronto Region Investigator who said that he then 
notified the police.

The harassment calls made by the Heritage Front started abating in June 
1993, and finally stopped in November 1993. The campaign was viewed as a 
major victory by the Heritage Front. The Source stated that most of the 
harassment calls ended in the Summer, and that no physical harm resulted 
from the program.[19] CSIS believes that its work with the Source during 
this period was very successful in that a potentially explosive 
situation, with a great deal of anger on all sides, was defused without 
any physical violence occurring. We analyze the situation in chapter V (5.7).

On June 11, 1993, an estimated 200 ARA members headed from downtown into 
the East End of Toronto by street car. By the end of the day, Gary 
Schipper's house had been vandalized and Droege and others had been 
arrested and charged for various offenses. We describe the issues in 
chapter V (5.9.6). After the media allegations which started in August 
1994, Droege and his associates would blame Bristow for instigating the 
battle.[20] The Source, however, said that Bristow was not involved in 
the incident and the Source had, in fact, passed information to the 
police on where some of the attackers had fled to. [21]

In June, three members of George Burdi's Church of the Creator (Drew 
Maynard, Eric and Elkar Fischer) were charged with kidnapping, forcible 
confinement and assault in an attack on Heritage Front member, Tyrone 
Alexander Mason. They believed that he had stolen a COTC computer. Eric 
Fischer was a former corporal in the Canadian Airborne Regiment. That 
month, a Tamil refugee was viciously beaten and partially paralysed in 
an attack by a racist skinhead, considered by Droege to be a low level 
"hanger on" of the Heritage Front.

In late October 1993, the CSIS Source learned about a threat of serious 
physical violence against leaders in the Jewish community by a Heritage 
Front member. The threat was evaluated by CSIS, and the police were 
notified. Ernst Zundel wanted information on the Jewish community's 
leaders during this time and was provided with publicly available 
information (see chapter V, 5.10.6) [22]

   4.5 Leave Taking

In March of 1994, the Source decided that he could no longer abide the 
stress of living two separate lives, or of continuing his association with 
the Heritage Front.

CSIS and the Source created a story which allowed him to 
leave the Heritage Front on good terms. CSIS wanted to be able to 
re-introduce the Source at a later date if the situation required it.

In June of 1994, Wolfgang Droege and two other Front members 
were convicted of defying a Court Order to close the racist hotlines. 

In August 1994, the "Toronto Sun" alleged that Grant Bristow 
was a CSIS informant. Jewish groups and anti-racists expressed their 
concern. Heritage Front leaders, members, and their American associates 
were provided with unparalleled media coverage. They used their 
unprecedented access to the media to allege that CSIS, through Grant 
Bristow, was responsible for everything that had taken place during 
the previous five years; including, as Wolfgang Droege put it, some 
"unethical or immoral " behaviour.

SIRC began its investigation of the "Heritage Front Affair" the day 
after the article appeared. 


1.  SIRC  interview of Droege .
2.  "The Order" was an American terrorist organization which espoused a 
    white supremacist ideology and was affiliated with the Aryan Nations.
    It was active during the early 1980's. 
3.  Zundel said that he produces "truth" not "hate" literature.
4.  The Heritage Front Report: 1994, pp. 5-6, prepared by the League 
    of Human Rights of B'nai Brith, Canada. 
5.  Rosie DiManno, "Ex-mercenary aims for country uniquely white", 
    Toronto Star, June 19, 1991.
6.  The Heritage Front Report: 1994, pp. 5-6, prepared by the 
    League of Human Rights of B'nai Brith, Canada 
7.  This Magazine, February 23, 1992.
8.  Canadian Press, "Teacher fingered at rally of racists",
    April 13, 1992.
9.  SIRC Hearing, Wolfgang Droege
10. SIRC interview with Wolfgang Droege
11. SIRC interview with Riverdale Collegiate teacher.
12. SIRC interview with Source.
13. Moira Welsh, "2 arrested as racism protest turns ugly" , Toronto
    Star, January 26, 1993.
14. SIRC interview with Source.
15. Toronto Sun, October 4, 1994. 
16. SIRC interview with Marvin Kurz.
17. Racial Holy War.
18. SIRC interview with Source. 
19. SIRC interview with Source.
20. SIRC interview with Wolfgang Droege.
21. SIRC interview with Source.
22. SIRC interview with Source.

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