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Sunday, October 07, 2018

Soldiers of Odin Welcomed At United Conservative Party Event

There have been a number of stories in the news regarding candidates for the United Conservative Party of Alberta being caught echoing far-right talking points; some of those candidates were disqualified by the party but others remain.

It seems that is a feature, and not a bug, of the new conservative party:

The event was attended not only by members of the Soldiers of Odin, but also by the Onward Christian Soldiers pseudo-militia (leader Adam Stevenson is found in some of the photographs), Proud Boys, and other hate groups; last time we saw these groups together was last month when they attempted to claim to be working with the Mustard Seed. Leader of the fringe Alberta Independence Party touted the night as a sort of joint event with the UCP:

Progress Alberta has done a fantastic job of providing details about the evening's participants:


The UCP eventually disavowed members of the SoO:

Dave Bjorkman of the Alberta Independence Party wasn't happy:

However, it seems that the UCP were well aware that the SoO would be attending:

And the SoO were not there to attend an Alberta Independence Party event:

Sooooo, could it be that the UCP message resonates with a certain segment of the population that is explicitly xenophobic? Maybe?

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