Saturday, August 06, 2011

Uhm. Wow.

Goudreau is a nobody in the "White Nationalist" movement. He is viewed as a joke even amongst his fellow travellers. A modicum of research would clearly indicate this, as well as the fact that the man appears to have delusions of grandeur at best, and is mentally ill or insane at worst.

With this in mind, one of Canada's largest national newspapers decided to pull him out from anonymity and give him a public forum that will stroke his ego for the next 5 decades (keeping in mind he's still crowing about appearing in a documentary for 3 seconds 20 years ago):

A hater among us

  Aug 6, 2011 – 9:30 AM ET | Last Updated: Aug 5, 2011 10:07 PM ET

Kevin Goudreau’s blue golf shirt is buttoned to the collar. Were it not, heads would surely be turning, because there is a large tattoo of a swastika on his chest.

He keeps it under wraps during a recent interview, but it is on the Internet for all to see, along with photos of him blanketed in a Nazi flag and with his arm raised in the Nazi salute.

The Oshawa, Ont., drywaller is the leader of the White Nationalist Front, which wants to turn Canada into a white homeland by deporting millions of Canadians of other skin colours.

While Mr. Goudreau does not consider the Norwegian far-right terrorist Anders Behring Breivik an ideological peer, the similarities in their online writings are hard to ignore.

Both demonize multiculturalism, immigration, hate-crimes laws, the media and the left. Both see the solution as social engineering that they imagine will return them to a condition of national homogeneity that never truly existed in the first place.

Where they diverge is on the subject of exactly who poses the primary threat to their Utopias: while Breivik sees Muslim immigrants as the problem, Mr. Goudreau wants all non-whites expelled.

“I feel that Canada’s makeup should be predominantly white European,” he said, adding that would be accomplished through “basically the repatriation of Third World immigrants back to their country of origin.”

Although Mr. Goudreau claims to represent “a lot of Canadians,” the WNF blog has just eight members, one of whom is Mr. Goudreau himself.

Few have visited his blog, and some of those are almost certainly police and anti-racism activists keeping an eye on him. But as Norway showed, it only takes one to commit terrorism.

“If one of these people crosses the line, they can cause a lot of problems to innocent people,” said Detective Sergeant Don McKinnon, a retired London Police Service officer who spent years investigating Canadian hate groups.

“There are lots of lone-wolf people out there that are just on the edge but they haven’t done anything yet.”

Canada’s racist far-right is not what it was in the 1980s, when the Canadian Ku Klux Klan had an office in downtown Toronto and the now-defunct Heritage Front formed in an attempt to unite white supremacists across the country.

But there are clearly still believers out of step with Canada’s multicultural reality. On Monday, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney issued a statement condemning anti-immigrant posters produced by a racist group that had appeared in Calgary.

Last month, a coroner’s inquest was held in Nanaimo, B.C., into the 2009 police shooting of Jeffrey Hughes, who was allegedly active in the Northwest Front, which wants to establish a white homeland in the Pacific Northwest.

In Winnipeg, two children were seized by the province in 2008 after case workers visited their home and found neo-Nazi symbols and flags. One of the children had been sent to school with a swastika drawn on her arm.

Anti-immigrant racist sentiments like those espoused by Mr. Goudreau are “more prevalent than people would like to believe, less prevalent than he would lead you to believe,” Det. Sgt. McKinnon said.

“You can’t put a number on how many there are, but there are people out there that are that extreme, and they think that this is the way to get something done. And there’s no real, accurate way to keep tabs on them all.”

Like extremists of all stripes, racist groups have gravitated to the Internet. Mr. Goudreau said members of his group “try to get the word out on the Internet and try to do as much networking as we can.” He has also posted his opinions on YouTube under the name Aryangod, and on Stormfront, a U.S. web forum run by former Ku Klux Klansman Don Black.

Professor Abbee Corb, a Canadian expert on hate and extremism, recently interviewed 100 white supremacists for a paper commissioned by Google Ideas, titled Into the Minds of Mayhem: White supremacy, recruitment and the Internet.

“Although the full scope of their success cannot yet be measured, the evidence from this study suggests that the Internet has become a leveraged tool for white supremacist recruitment and radicalization of the young,” the study concludes.

So could a Norway-type attack happen in Canada? Mr. Goudreau thinks so.

“A lot of people, like this guy perhaps, don’t feel that change is happening quick enough and kind of see the future as bleak..… So they feel that they have to take it upon themselves to do something drastic.”

He was quick to point out that he does not advocate violence, and his blog also makes that same point. “We don’t want to be linked in with that kind of behaviour,” he said. “I can understand, like, the frustration, perhaps. Like I said, the feeling of helplessness. That there’s nothing we can do. And things aren’t happening fast enough. And you want to make some kind of statement.

“But this guy’s obviously a sick individual and perhaps mentally ill. It’s one thing to make a statement and attack a symbol, but to bomb a building when people are there or shooting students, that’s just ridiculous. It doesn’t make any sense to us.”

Mr. Goudreau is a long-time figure in Canada’s racist movement. He said he was active in the Heritage Front, whose leader Wolfgang Droege, a convicted mercenary and drug trafficker, had compiled a hit list that included prominent Jewish community members. The group collapsed in the 1990s after being infiltrated by an undercover Canadian Security Intelligence Service agent.

He said he was also a follower of Ernst Zundel, the former Toronto hatemonger and Holocaust denier who was deported from Canada in 2005 as a national security threat. A German court later convicted Zundel of incitement.

The WNF was formed five years ago, Mr. Goudreau said. He will not say how many members or supporters he has accumulated. Photos on the Internet show him with Paul Fromm, who lost his Ontario teaching licence for speaking publicly against non-white immigration.

“Eventually we’d like to become a political party under a different name, perhaps,” Mr. Goudreau said, although Mr. Fromm ran for Parliament in Calgary in May and picked up only 193 votes out of more than 63,000 cast in his riding. In the meantime, he operates a blog that calls for “a return to Canada’s original White-European ethnic make up” and rails against what he calls Canada’s “anti-white/pro-left wing/pro-non-white immigration policies.”

Mr. Goudreau would not talk about his arrests. “I don’t want to discuss it. I don’t really have a large record,” he said, adding that he had never been charged in relation to his “white nationalist” activities.

He said the Toronto police intelligence unit had informed him he was under surveillance. The officers said “that they’ve been following me and that they know who I talk to and where I go,” he said. Anti-racist activists appear to keep close track of him, and have made him a target of ridicule on the web.

“In Canada a lot of us feel kind of oppressed in the sense that when we try to speak out, or there’s events or issues that we’re trying to tackle and make public, there tends to be a lot of media blackouts, of course,” he said.

“And then you have the human rights commission persecuting white nationalists for certain statements they make. Basically it’s like 1984. You have the thought police. We’re basically being monitored, persecuted for certain beliefs or allegiances. And so a lot of people feel like they have to go underground and resort to more, I guess what you’d call more desperate action.”

National Post

So, why cover Goudreau in the msm? We suspect that it has something to do with trying to capitalize on McKee and co.'s efforts in Calgary and the interest that story has generated.

But Kevin Goudreau? Really?


We have no words.

In the meantime, Goudreau appears to be trying to drop negative information about him down the memory hole:


Goudreau has no idea who is involved in the blog, but aside from that, it's sort of hard to sue for libel when we post your own words. We can't imagine a lawyer who would take what she or he knows would be a losing case, though we suppose the lawyer would be paid regardless.

But who knows? It might be fun? But given Goudreau's track record and organizational skills, we aren't worried.


Anonymous said...

Whoe horsey........ Kevin is the only member of his "front"
He needs to shut the fuck up.

bigcitylib said...

Probably chose him for the tats. I always thought Lemire could have gone much further if he'd just got tats.

Anonymous said...

Except Lemire's scared of needles. Big man breaks down and cries like a little baby.

Anonymous said...

This is unrelated to this post, but I heard that Benson is still in Calgary, shacked up with some red head chick, trying to get back in to McKee's good books.
I hadn't heard much about Benson, but thought he ran back to Ontario with his tail between his legs after WEB smashed him out back a few months ago.
Apparently he's been rolling on his 'boys' and was the one who sold Rich out, back in Ontario.
Maybe look in to that?

Anonymous said...

Good grief, they should have posted the picture of him in the towel.

Anonymous said...

More Goudreau! I'm sorry, but I can't help it. He's the perfect face for white supremacy in Canada.

Anonymous said...

And yet every time Scrotumhead and I met in Toronto he always hid behind other boneheads or Union Station security... Oh Scrotumhead, how you make us all laugh...

Anonymous said...

It's 'losing' not 'loosing'.

Not trying to be rude to the blog writer, but this common error really irks me.

Kurt Phillips said...

Not rude at all. It was a careless mistake on our part and we're glad we could fix it.