The above video is rather long but early into it you can hear Mr. Fromm speaking of a so-called Mexican invasion. To be honest I hadn't heard of such a thing until Jason Kenney and Stephen Harper 'put a stop to it'. I just thought that before discussing the relationship between Stephen Harper and Paul Fromm you might like to see and hear from the man who has been described by the media as "one of Canada's most notorious white supremacists".
Since the Harper Reform Conservatives have given us permission to delve into the lives of politicians, going as far back as possible, I've started posting little nuggets from the PM's past that should shake free a few skeletons.
It has been said that Harper is very secretive about his past, giving strict instructions that no one in his party discuss it. Well, I'm not in his party, just an ordinary Canadian with legitimate concerns about the roots of his ideology.
It's difficult to pinpoint exactly when Stephen Harper and Paul Fromm met, but by 1987 they were, if not friends, at least acquaintances with mutual friends. During the founding of the Reform Party, he played a fairly significant role by arranging to have author and journalist, Peter Brimelow, speak at their convention. As reward, Fromm was allowed to set up a table in the hall, where he distributed literature and sold memberships to his anti-immigration organization C-FAR.
I'm going into Peter Brimelow's story in a separate post, but his book Patriot Game: Canada and the Canadian Question Revisited, is said to have been one of the motivations behind the formation of the new party. After reading it, Harper and his buddy John Weissenberger, another Harper patronage appointment, were so enthralled with the book that they bought ten copies and gave them to friends. (Stephen Harper and the Future of Canada by William Johnson ISBN 0-7710 4350-3, 2005, Pg. 52)
So when Paul Fromm said that he could get Brimelow to attend the convention, Harper must have been beside himself. Both Fromm and Brimelow were anti-immigration activists who supported each others organizations: C-Far for Fromm, V-Dare for Brimelow.
The person who may have been instrumental in introducing Fromm to our current PM, was Leigh Smith, an early Reform Party member.
"The Reform Party under the watchful eye of Preston Manning and Stephen Harper housed former Western Guard (an infamous Toronto-area hate group launched in the 1960's) members like Leigh Smith, and Wolfgang Droege."
In the book 'Web of Hate', we learn, while discussing Don Andrews: "In February 1967, he (Andrews) and two other men, school teacher Paul Fromm and University of Toronto student Leigh Smith formed the Edmund Burke Society ... Along with Communism, which it loathed with a vengeance, the Edmund Burke Society opposed immigration, sex education, welfare, homosexuality, abortion, big government and Pierre Trudeau." (Web of Hate: Inside Canada's Far Right Network - Author: Warren Kinsella Toronto : Harper Collins, 1994 ISBN 0-00-255074-1 Pg. 207)
Mr. Kinsella goes on to say that when the Society was reformatted into the Western Guard, both Smith and Fromm left feeling that it was becoming too extreme. "... Smith, who moved to Ottawa and later became involved in Preston Manning's Reform Party" (Pg. 208)
Therefore, it could very well have been Smith who introduced Fromm to Harper and subsequently Peter Brimelow.
However, there was another connection with Harper and the Northern Foundation he helped to create with Brimelow, Gairdner and other extreme right-wing conservatives.
"The Northern Foundation was established in 1989, originally as a pro-South Africa group . . . lists among the founding members of the Foundation both William Gairdner and Stephen Harper ... " Their goal was in part to discredit the anti-apartheid movement. (Preston Manning and the Reform Party. Author: Murray Dobbin Goodread Biographies/Formac Publishing 1992 ISBN: 0-88780-161-7)
From Wikipedia: "In the late 1970s, Fromm also founded Canadian Friends of Rhodesia to support the white minority rule regime of Ian Smith and his Rhodesian Front. In the mid to late 1980s, Fromm's organizations were involved in advocacy on behalf of South Africa's apartheid regime, and opposing the movement to impose economic sanctions on the country .... In the late 1980s, Fromm was an active member of the Reform Party of Canada."
Paul Fromm would move in and out of the Reform/Alliance Party. (He joined the Alliance in 2000 to help get Stockwell Day elected as party leader) Expelled for his racist views, after they had passed a motion to allow fringe groups, was a smart move. However, it begs the question, why Fromm and not Brimelow, or William Gairdner?
After an "... anti-Semitic column by former Texas KKK Grand Dragon Louis Beam Jr. (in one of the neo-nazi publications) the August 1992 issue carried a lengthy account of Wolfgang Droege's involvement with the Reform party. In late February 1991, Bill Dunphy exposed in the Sun the fact that Droege and four other Heritage Front activists maintained memberships in Toronto area Reform Party riding associations. Immediately thereafter, Reform Party leader Preston Manning ordered the group expelled." (Web of Hate: Inside Canada's Far Right Network - Author: Warren Kinsella Toronto : Harper Collins, 1994 ISBN 0-00-255074-1 Pg. 243)
"The expulsion enraged the Heritage Front, which saw the Reform Party's policies as very similar to, if not indistinguishable from, its own. How could a party that went on record opposing immigration policies that "radically alter" Canada's ethnic make-up turn around and shun a group like the Heritage Front, Droege asked, when the Heritage Front supports the very same approach? Privately, spokesmen for B'nai Brith and the Canadian Jewish Congress admitted that Droege had a good point." (Pg. 243-44)
Later Fromm and others would suggest that Stephen Harper knew of the neo-Nazi elements in the Party yet allowed them to stay. In fact Paul Fromm continued to speak at Northern Foundation conferences.
Naturally Harper denied this, but really, how could he not have known?