The American Connection
White Aryan Resistance
On Saturday June 28, 1992 the Heritage Front held a rally at which the keynote speakers were Tom and John Metzger, two leading American White supremacists. Tom Metzger is the leader of the California-based White Aryan Resistance (WAR) and his son John is a co-founder of the skinhead movement. Tom Metzger and two co-defendants were sentenced to six months in jail last December for participating in a cross burning in 1983. In 1990, both Metzgers were held liable in a civil suit for the murder of an Ethiopian immigrant beaten to death by skinheads in Oregon.
The Heritage Front rally which the Metzgers addressed was attended by 175 people, mostly skinheads. It was not the first Heritage Front meeting which members of White Aryan Resistance have addressed. After the Metzgers were arrested the night of their speech, the Heritage Hotline referred to them as “imprisoned heroes.” The Metzgers were deported for entering Canada to break the country’s anti-hate laws.
Upon their return to California, the Metzgers thanked “the Heritage Front, the COTC, and all the other groups and individuals that made our trip to Canada a rousing success, beyond our wildest expectations.” WAR is probably the Heritage Front’s closest American contact. In the December 1992 issue of the WAR newspaper, the Heritage Front’s hotline number was listed as the White Aryan Resistance Toronto Phone Centre. It is also alleged that the Front, through Grant Bristow, passed information to WAR on Canadian anti-racist groups and Jewish leaders.
Ku Klux Klan
Wolfgang Droege trained with David Duke‘s Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in Louisiana, and helped Duke in one of his early unsuccessful political bids. He invited him to speak in Toronto in 1977, and in 1978 contacted residents of Vancouver who had acquired memberships in Duke’s American Klan.
Although Droege claims he finds Duke’s current efforts dishonest, he still refers to him as a personal friend, and Duke’s articles are published in Up Front. Although Droege labels the Ku Klux Klan as lacking the ideals of the Heritage Front, there was a Ku Klux Klan representative at the 1990 Martyr’s Day Rally. Droege himself was reportedly the Heritage Front representative at the Klan’s ‘Aryanfest ’92’ in Quebec. Furthermore, Droege recently spoke out in defence of the KKK’s reputation in wake of the distribution of Klan propaganda in Peel Region, Ontario.
In 1983 David Maxwell French, who would later become one of the founders of the Heritage Front, went to the Aryan Nations compound in Idaho. This facility, located in the town of Hayden Lake, is a sprawling armed camp devoted to training White “soldiers” for racial war.
But French is not the only Front member to have ties with Aryan Nations; in fact it is believed that several Canadians affiliated with the HF have received paramilitary training in Hayden Lake. In addition, Sean Maguire, a senior member of Aryan Nations came to Toronto in 1991 and met with Heritage Front co-founder Grant Bristow. Both men were arrested in Scarborough for possessing illegal fireanns and electronic surveillance equipment. Maguire was deported, but Bristow never came to trial. In fact, Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel stated in August 1994 that when no charges were pressed against Bristow, he suspected that the HF security chief was a spy.