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Royal Canadian Legion bans branches from affiliating with hate teams

The Royal Canadian Legion has launched a brand new coverage barring any of its chapters from affiliating with hate teams.

The coverage comes a month after Internet Information revealed a chapter in northwestern Alberta counted members of the far-right group Troopers of Odin amongst its ranks. 

The Troopers of Odin Canada are an offshoot of a neo-Nazi group with the identical identify in Finland. 

A few half-dozen members of the group signed up with the Legion in Grande Prairie, Alta. The Legion additionally rented its corridor to the group for its neighborhood Easter dinner, Internet Information discovered.

Based by a Finnish white supremacist and neo-Nazi in 2015, the group is thought globally as anti-Islam and anti-migrant.

In response, the nationwide Legion mentioned it launched an investigation and would replace its coverage on hate teams. 

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Thomas Irvine, the nationwide president of the Royal Canadian Legion, pledged in May to replace the hate group insurance policies. (Charles Pepin/Internet)

The brand new coverage, launched Monday, says the Legion “doesn’t assist or tolerate any group or group whose views or actions are opposite to our values and people of our nation.

“As such, no Department or Command inside the Legion might affiliate itself in any method in any respect with a gaggle or group that promotes or is thought to advertise hatred or violence on account of ethnicity, faith, gender, sexual orientation or some other social determinant.” 

The nationwide Legion government will decide what constitutes a hate group. The coverage then leaves it as much as the department government to “use their greatest judgment to make sure coverage compliance.” 

Non-compliance with the coverage is punishable with expulsion from the Legion. 

The Legion didn’t reply Friday night time to a request for remark. 

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