Canadian officials are keeping a close watch on the Proud Boys in an effort to categorize the group as a terrorist organization for their role in the attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Canada’s public safety minister , Bill Blair, told CTV News “They are white supremacists, antisemitics, Islamophobic, misogynist groups. They’re all hateful, they’re all dangerous, we’re working very diligently to ensure that where the evidence is available, where we have the intelligence, that we’ll deal appropriately with those organizations.”
Concern for the group to be added to Canada’s terrorist list, came from leader of the New Democratic Party, Jagmeet Singh. He alleges the groups founder, Gavin McInnes, is Canadian and operating within the country.
Sources report, in 2018 the group was banned from its Facebook and Instagram accounts for going against the community’s hate guidelines, which resulted in the FBI categorizing them as an extremist organization.
Since then, the Proud Boys have become essential figures in the white supremacist movement in the U.S. with viewed support from Trump. During the presidential debate when he was called to condemn the group he instead told them to “stand back and standby”
If labeled as a terrorist group by Canada, Canadian authorities would be able to seize or forfeit any assets the group has.