No Rights To Speak Of

The recent 43rd Federal Election has fundamentally demonstrated that our right to self-determination, as Canadian Nationalists, is being suppressed by the current administration. Under these circumstances, our ability to assemble publicly and speak our policies to Canadian voters has been denied to us. The right to self-determination represents the ability for a people to form their own state and choose their own government. Under the current conditions bestowed upon us, this is essentially impossible, as our ability to assemble publicly and communicate our policies as a federal party has been prohibited to us before and during general elections. Therefore, we will not acknowledge the authority of the Federal/Provincial/Municipal Governments involved given that they have violated these constitutional rights as well as suppressed our self-determination as a unique nationality.www.nationalist.ca/?p=11832

Posted by Canadian Nationalist Party on Wednesday, January 22, 2020

The recent 43rd Federal Election has fundamentally demonstrated that our right to self-determination, as Canadian Nationalists, is being suppressed by the current administration. Under these circumstances, our ability to assemble publicly and speak our policies to Canadian voters has, and continues to be, denied to us.

The right to self-determination represents the ability for a people to form their own state and choose their own government. Under the current conditions bestowed upon us, this is essentially impossible, as our ability to assemble publicly and communicate our policies as a federal party has been prohibited to us before and during general elections. Therefore, we will not acknowledge the authority of the Federal/Provincial/Municipal Governments involved given that they have violated these constitutional rights as well as suppressed our self-determination as a unique nationality.

Since we began our campaign in 2017, our candidates have been physically attacked, have faced a concerted attempt to sabotage our efforts to attain federal registration as a political party, a systemic effort to censor our ability to communicate policies to the voting public, and a coordinated effort to tarnish our reputation from a number of media outlets. Our Wikipedia page and social media accounts have mysteriously been deleted for no reason. Our original office address service was discontinued due to an unrelenting harassment by media companies.

Our supporters have been called into the offices of their workplace and school, questioned on why they support our movement, and in some cases, have been dismissed from employment. (1)(2)

We have been falsely accused of violating hate speech legislation despite the fact we have not said a hateful word. The same people who file trademark infringement complaints with the Federal Police Force then use their media outlets to claim law enforcement is “going after” us, when in actually, no crime has been committed whatsoever.

Public institutions such as City Halls, University Campuses, Public Libraries, and Convention Centers which operate from our tax dollars have been prohibited to us (since 2017) for reasons never justified.

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the rights and freedoms set out in it subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society.

Fundamental Freedoms:
2. Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms:

(b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication;
(c) freedom of peaceful assembly

The institutions in Canada which have prohibited us from accessing them without reason include, but are not limited to:

Every one of these institutions receives operating grants from various levels of government. These operating grants are enabled by the tax codes we as citizens abide by. Canadian citizens abide by tax laws because we trust that these institutions, which we fund, will be made available to us when we wish to assemble and express ourselves.

This desire to utilize public resources and exercise our constitutional rights has been violated consistently and without reason, including after the drop of the writ during the 43rd Federal Election as we were actively nominating candidates. The exclusion of our political party from public spaces and prohibition from booking publicly-funded venues has directly affected our ability to both nominate candidates and inform the public of our policies. Even today, we consistently come across Canadians who have never heard of our party. We believe this ignorance of us as a viable political option would be less pronounced if we were able to access the same democratic channels as other political parties.

The City Of Saskatoon has consistently denied us a permit to assemble despite the fact they have granted one to competing political parties in between our requests for access. The stated reason of denial has been that our organization is ‘denominational’ in nature. At least once we were denied a permit after the writ had dropped for the 43rd Federal Election. This came at a time when we were working to nominate candidates and promote our policies. However, our prohibition from public spaces make a democratic victory unrealistic.

On July 3rd, 2017, we announced our intention to host an event at the University Of Toronto to discuss the nationalist movement in Canada. Roughly a month later, we were outright denied space. The University Of Toronto claims the ideology of Canadian nationalism poses a “significant safety risk to their students”.

After the Ontario Provincial Government mandated free speech at universities in 2019, only 1 event was not allowed to go ahead: ours. The Canadian Nationalist Party made a follow up request to the University Of Toronto in 2019, which was again denied. It seems the idea that Canada is a unique nation is an idea too dangerous for the public to handle.

The Toronto Public Library refuses to grant us space on the grounds that advocating “maintaining our European-descended demographic majority” is discriminatory and therefore unacceptable. It seems as though if you are someone who believes Canada should maintain the people who founded the country, you are simply not allowed to use the library …

Both the Toronto Metro Convention Center & TCU Place cannot honour our booking request due to concerns that our opposition might vandalize their property. These are issues outside our control, but our tax revenues do indeed go towards funding law enforcement that is tasked with keeping the peace at such events. When even basic services such as law enforcement keeping the peace are not respected, the financial return on our tax dollars is non-existent.

A number of the venues which we request space from justify denying us access by referencing “media reports” which negatively portray our party. One such example is a recent event we held in Winnipeg at the Belgian Club where local media presented a blatantly one-sided narrative of the event and the masked hooligans who attempted to disrupt it. After these hooligans were escorted out of the venue by Winnipeg police, our event proceeded as planned, giving a presentation on the need for immigration reform.

These “media reports” cannot be used as grounds to disenfranchise federal parties from campaigning, as they lack any accurate or balanced reporting of our activities. What is not reported out of all these cancellations and denials-of-service is the time, money, and energy that people contribute to this project. For example, on several occasions we have had these bookings cancelled mere hours before they were scheduled to begin. This means that people travelling from out-of-province are left with nothing but wasted resources for their efforts. This also does damage to the reputation of our party, as the people who make the effort to attend the first time but were cancelled on, will more than likely not make the effort the second time around.

To date, our constituency has violated no hate speech legislation and initiated no violence at public gatherings. At one such public gathering in 2019, our candidate for Scarborough-Guildwood was blind-side attacked by a masked hooligan. This attack sparked an altercation in the Eaton Center which the media has then used to claim our membership is prone to violent acts. Let me be clear: self-defense is not a crime. We will defend ourselves and our viewpoints wherever and whenever necessary. For this act, we require no permission.

From the very outset of our announcement in November, 2017 to “be on the ballot” for the 43rd Federal Election we have experienced systemic discrimination on the basis of nothing more than our political stance of Canadian nationalism. This denial of the Canadian Nationalist Party, a federally-sanctioned political party, to receive publicly-funded services demonstrates that our government is engaging in taxation without representation. It is also a clear indication that Canada does not have a legitimate democratic channel for citizens to exercise their self-determination.

The message to us is clear: the current government in Canada is opposed to the nationhood of our country and does not support the constitutional rights of a federal political party to assemble on public property and communicate their policies to Canadian voters. This is a political ideology that resonates with millions of citizens, yet our government continues to deny our requests for public permits. It seems in Canada, we have (quite literally) no rights to speak of.

These types of transgressions are intolerable to us and paint the picture of a democratic channel that is made available only to political narratives which support the “post-national” dictatorship our current Prime Minister has vocally endorsed.

If the injustices and complete lack of self-determination afforded to us by the current government administration is not corrected, our very livelihood will suffer.

We encourage supporters of our party to join us in non-compliance. We have no interest nor obligation to obey an authority so brutish it collects tax revenues from the populace while simultaneously violating their constitutional rights. Not permitting a federal party to assemble publicly and communicate its policies to voters only demonstrates that our democracy in its current state is an illusion.

We will continue informing foreign governments of the fraudulent and unconstitutional elections Canada is hosting.

If the Canadian Government prohibits a federal political party from exercising their ability to assemble and speak then it only follows that that federal party prohibit the Canadian Government from speaking on its behalf.


Travis Patron
Leader of the Canadian Nationalist Party

The principle of self-determination is prominently embodied in Article I of the Charter of the United Nations. Earlier it was explicitly embraced by US President Woodrow Wilson, by Lenin and others, and became the guiding principle for the reconstruction of Europe following World War I. The principle was incorporated into the 1941 Atlantic Charter and the Dumbarton Oaks proposals which evolved into the United Nations Charter. Its inclusion in the UN Charter marks the universal recognition of the principle as fundamental to the maintenance of friendly relations and peace among states. It is recognized as a right of all peoples in the first article common to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights which both entered into force in 1976. 1 Paragraph 1 of this Article provides:

All peoples have the right to self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.

The right to self-determination of peoples is recognized in many other international and regional instruments, including the Declaration of Principles of International Law Concerning Friendly Relations and Co-operation Among States adopted b the UN General Assembly in 1970, 2, the Helsinki Final Act adopted by the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe (CSCE) in 1975, 3, the African Charter of Human and Peoples’ Rights of 1981, 4, the CSCE Charter of Paris for a New Europe adopted in 1990, 5, and the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action of 1993. 6, It has been affirmed by the International Court of Justice in the Namibia case 7, the Western Sahara case 8, and the East Timor case 9, in which its erga omnes character was confirmed. Furthermore, the scope and content of the right to self-determination has been elaborated upon by the UN Human Rights Committee 10, and the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 11, and numerous leading international jurists.

That the right to self-determination is part of so called hard law has been affirmed also by the International Meeting of Experts for the Elucidation of the Concepts of Rights of Peoples brought together by UNESCO from 1985 to 1991, 12, it came to the conclusion that (1) peoples’ rights are recognized in international law; (2) the list of such rights is not very clear, but also that (3) hard law does in any event include the right to self-determination and the right to existence, in the sense of the Genocide Convention.

The inclusion of the right to self-determination in the International Covenants on Human Rights and in the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, referred to above, emphasizes that self-determination is an integral part of human rights law which has a universal application. At the same time, it is recognized that compliance with the right of self-determination is a fundamental condition for the enjoyment of other human rights and fundamental freedoms, be they civil, political, economic, social or cultural.

– UNPO: Self-Determination In International Law

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Travis Patron

Leader of the Canadian Nationalist Party