Anti Semitism As A Religious, Ethnic, Or Racial Group

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Anti-Semitism is defined as “hostility toward or discrimination against Jews as a religious, ethnic, or racial group.” The word was given a definite meaning when Hitler rose to power and became chancellor of Germany in 1933 and made certain decisions about Jews. However, this was not the first time that this term was needed. In 1807, Ezekiel Hart was elected to the legislature of Lower Canada but could not take his seat because of his religious beliefs and because the law recommended that he take an oath which as a Jew he was not eligible for. The production of religious and propaganda filled books (written by Goldwin Smith) like “La Vérité », » La Semaine Religieuse », and « L’Action Sociale” also showed severe hatred of Jews. These…show more content…
Fascist movements and leaders were not confined to only Europe; they also started moving towards Canada. Italian government representatives had placed multiple fascists in Montreal and Toronto. The German government had also started to plant Nazi ideals among German people in Canada. The movement was mostly active in Saskatchewan and Winnipeg because of their large German-speaking populations.

However, not all fascist movements were coming out of Europe. Canada was making its own homegrown fascist organizations. Adrien Arcand was a fanatical follower of Adolf Hitler and aspired to be him so much that he declared himself the “Canadian Fuhrer.” He edited newspapers and founded a series of far right Quebec-based political parties. One of his parties was the Parti National Social Chrétien, they advocated anti-communism, French Canadian nationalism and they allowed the deportation of Canadian Jews to Hudson Bay. Their emblem was the swastika surrounded by maple leaves with a Canadian beaver at the crown. He was given financial support by R.B Bennett’s Conservative Party, after being recruited by Bennett to help him win the 1935 election. He was given financial support so he could keep his Quebec-based anti-Semitic party going. The Canadian Nationalist Party which operated out of Winnipeg started wearing badges displaying the emblem. Canadian Nazis were also publishing newspapers with Nazi slogans. They dressed in shirts with the emblem on them
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