Former federal candidate charged with a hate crime

A candidate in Souris-Moose Mountain in the last federal election, Travis Patron, 29, of Redvers, has been charged by the RCMP with a hate crime.

Carlyle RCMP received a report from the Canadian Anti-Hate Network in June 2019, regarding an alleged anti-Semitic video on YouTube called “Beware the Parasitic Tribe”. The video features Patron, who is the self-proclaimed leader of the Canadian Nationalist Party.

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Carlyle RCMP launched an investigation with the assistance of the Saskatchewan RCMP Major Crimes Unit, the Saskatchewan RCMP National Security Section and the British Columbia RCMP Hate Crimes Unit.

All of the evidence gathered by police was reviewed and forwarded to the Saskatchewan Attorney General, which is a requirement for the charge of Willful Promotion of Hate, under Sec. 319 of the Criminal Code of Canada to be laid.

From April 2020 to July 2020, Carlyle RCMP received four additional reports of new alleged anti-Semitic videos and hate speech by Travis Patron. Police are still investigating each of these reports.

On Feb. 15, Carlyle RCMP were given direction from the Attorney General of Saskatchewan to arrest and charge Travis Patron under Sec. 319(2) of theCriminal Code of Canada for willfully promoting hatred to an identifiable group. Patron was arrested by Carlyle RCMP that day.

Patron made his first court appearance on Feb 16, in Weyburn Provincial Court via telephone, and appeared in Regina Provincial Court on Feb. 17. Patron is to reappear in Regina Provincial Court on March 11.