26 May 2012

Blast from The Past: Nationalist Party of Canada and the Western Guard

UPDATE 3 (replacing UPDATE 1): Never mind. :)
A little while ago we spoke of our interest in documenting the rise and fall of the Heritage Front (and yes, Grant Bristow and CSIS play a significant role in that history, "Narrow Back"). We have received some information and photos, but we thought we would take this opportunity to remind our readers that we would still like your help.

Some of the information we have received actually goes WAY back. Those who know the history of the Heritage Front are aware that it was created by disaffected members of Don Andrews' Nationalist Party of Canada. Nationalist Party members Droege, Bristow, and Lincoln founded the Heritage Front soon after they returned from Libya after attending the the twentieth anniversary celebration of the invitation of the Gaddafi regime, as they felt that the Nationalist Party was no longer an effective means of pursuing their goals. In that sense, the Nationalist Party (according to their own family tree) might be thought of as the Heritage Front's daddy:


Hmmm, we guess then that the Western Guard would be the grand daddy and Paul Fromm's Edmund Burke Society would be the great grand daddy.

So you could imagine how pleased we were when we received these examples of old Western Guard and Nationalist Party of Canada propaganda in the mail:

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We even received part of the old Nationalist Party mailing list from 1984 (5 years prior to the formation of the Heritage Front) listing Ian Verner Macdonald as a member:

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Hmmm, Edward Kennedy?

Interesting.

Also interesting is how a lot of these players continued to associate with one another during and after the Heritage Front's heyday in the early to mid 1990s:

Droege and Taylor
Fromm and Macdonald
Droege and Lemire

Fromm and Droege
We're continuing our project. If you can help us out, please send us an email.

UPDATE 2: We forgot to include this one.




3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hmm. Edward Kennedy of Kingston? Is that the FD Kennedy? Better get ready for him to share his dark fantasy about you getting a flat outside his door.

Anonymous said...

I have to say this new colour scheme is kind of rough to look at. From trolling boneheads it actually reminds me of their websites.

Harry Abrams said...

Good job on this blast-from-the-past stuff! You should give serious consideration to an eventual display project for the Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg!

Cheers!