Women of Quebec's far right come out of the shadows
3 octobre 2017
Aurélie Campana a accordé une entrevue à Montreal Gazette le 30 septembre dernier.
Their increased visibility is a troubling sign that such groups are becoming more mainstream, experts say
Aurélie Campana, the head of research on terrorism and extremism at Université Laval, who has just finished four years of research into extreme-right groups in Canada, says these groups remain dominated by men, but some have recalibrated their message to fit with the news of the day and widen their base.
Today’s grievances in Quebec include the hearings on systemic racism, NDP leadership candidate Jagmeet Singh (he wears a turban), “illegal” immigration across the U.S. border, and the supposedly impending introduction of Sharia law.
“Women always refused to talk to us – they didn’t want to be stigmatized because of their political allegiance,” Campana said. “But the context wasn’t the same. Now it is less stigmatizing to be part of a group seen as being on the far right. We’ve normalized these groups, and they have understood if they want greater resonance, they have to address the women.”
Campana says these groups have been adept at exploiting stereotypes and taking intellectual shortcuts that equate fighting Islam with fighting for women.