A Canadian Ranger group underneath investigation over ties between one in all its members and two far-right militia teams has marketed on its web site for years that a part of its mission is to protect Canada in opposition to unlawful immigration.

One professional says that language on immigration mirrors the messaging of far-right organizations and will reinforce curiosity within the Canadian Rangers by members of extremist teams.

Minutes after CBC Information carried out an interview with Lt.- Gen. Wayne Eyre, commander of the Canadian Military, that reference to “anticipating unlawful immigrants” disappeared from the four Canadian Ranger Patrol Group’s web site.

“If that’s being seen as a means, as a message that pulls that ideology, sure, completely, we are going to deal with it,” Eyre instructed CBC Information.

Eyre mentioned he takes the difficulty of far-right activists within the navy critically and plans to do one thing about it.

“I’m involved as a result of the menace we face, the menace from these organizations that espouse a perception, a vile ideology of hate — it is persevering with evolving … in society,” he mentioned.

On its web site, the 4th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group listed one in all its actions as anticipating ‘unlawful immigrants’. That reference was eliminated after CBC Information started asking questions. (Display screen seize)

“They’re altering the names of their teams, the best way they impart … and we have now to alter as nicely to have the ability to frequently counter that menace.”

The 4th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group is underneath investigation by the Division of Nationwide Defence after CBC Information revealed {that a} member of the group, Erik Myggland, additionally has been a member of two far-right militia-style teams — the three Percenters and the Troopers of Odin.

A Fb picture of Erik Myggland on Aug. 24, 2019 carrying a Three Percenter patch (Fb/CBC Information)

Corey Hurren, who stays in custody and is going through a number of firearms-related prices after ramming his pickup truck via the gates of Rideau Corridor in July, additionally labored with the 4th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group in Manitoba. No proof has emerged to counsel that Hurren was a member of any far-right extremist group however a letter he wrote shortly earlier than the incident mirrors a number of of their complaints.

Within the U.S., closely armed members of far-right militia teams have been turning up at demonstrations in opposition to police violence.

On its official Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) web site, the 4th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group (CRPG) — which operates in Canada’s 4 western provinces — mentioned its members have been instrumental up to now in serving to the RCMP and native legislation enforcement in a number of areas, together with “anticipating unlawful immigrants in Canadian waters.”

In accordance with the Web Archive, the assertion seems to have been on the 4th CRPG’s web site since a minimum of 2013.

Whereas all of the Rangers teams record territorial surveillance or patrols as a part of their mission, the 4th CRPG was the one one in all 5 Ranger teams to cite anticipating “unlawful immigrants” as a part of its duties. 

Eyre mentioned the 4th CRPG works at occasions with the RCMP on search and rescue operations however, to his data, has not labored on instances involving migrants.

‘Actually alarming’

Barbara Perry, an professional on far-right teams at Ontario Tech College, mentioned she was “shocked” to see the reference to stopping unlawful immigration on the 4th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group’s mission record, saying it mirrors the sort of language utilized by extremist organizations.

“I believe it is actually alarming that we see that language related to the CAF, even the reservists,” she mentioned.

The reference may make the Ranger group engaging to those that assist far-right militia teams and imagine Canada must be defended from migrants, she mentioned.

“It’s totally a lot consistent with the identical sorts of methods, goals, objectives that people drawn to those teams can be excited about,” she mentioned.

Corey Hurren was arrested in July for what police mentioned was an armed try and breach safety at Rideau Corridor. (Corey Hurren/LinkedIn)

Whereas it generally will get suggestions from different authorities companies in Canada and the U.S, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police has the first accountability for detecting and detaining individuals who attempt to enter Canada between official ports of entry, mentioned Cpl. Daniel Michaud, spokesperson for the RCMP’s Critical and Organized Crime unit in B.C.

In accordance with authorities figures, the variety of individuals intercepted in British Columbia attempting to enter Canada exterior of official border factors has diversified over the previous three years from 182 in 2019 to 718 in 2017. Between January and July of this 12 months, 56 individuals had been intercepted.

Perry mentioned the Ranger group’s reference to stopping “unlawful immigrants” is “a stain” on the armed forces and at odds with the message that it has been attempting to ship on variety.

“This can be a time … when CAF is attempting to diversify its ranks, it is attempting to deliver extra girls into the motion, into the service,” Perry mentioned. “It is attempting to deliver extra individuals of color into the service. And this … type of reaffirms, I believe, the view of people that have been excluded for thus lengthy that this isn’t the place for them, that this isn’t the sort of navy that they wish to serve in.”

Eyre advised the reference may have been rooted within the Rangers’ “origins.”

“One of many foremost jobs, one of many foremost roles of our Canadian Rangers is to be our eyes and ears within the extremities of our nation,” he mentioned.

“You return to the origins of the Rangers in 1942. They had been fashioned because the coastal watchers for Japanese ships and that position, that sort of position, continues to be to report something that is uncommon.”

Elizabeth Thompson may be reached at [email protected]. Murray Brewster may be reached at [email protected]

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