Security will be tight on Monday as a controversial leader of a far-right British Freedom Party (BFP) talks to supporters in Toronto about his tough stand against immigration and spread of radical Islam. Toronto Police officers will be on hand as Paul Weston is expected to draw a large crowd at the Toronto Zionist Centre, on Marlee Ave.
The BFP was formed in Oct. 2010 and features a 20-point platform with a priority to "stop immigration to Britain from countries that promote the Muslim brotherhood." Other points of the platform include abolition of the human rights of foreign criminals and terrorists; deport dual nationality Islamists and illegal immigrants and stop or turn back all aspects of the Islamisation of Britain.
"We have witnessed the spread of fundamentalist Islam across Europe and are witnessing the same trend in North America," Weston stated in party literature.
Meir Weinstein, of the Jewish Defense League, an organizer of the event, said security will be high when Weston takes to the stage to bash immigration and Muslims. "We are very excited to have him (Weston) here," Weinstein said on Thursday. "His party wants more stringent rules for people coming from countries that promote the Muslim brotherhood."
He said police have been notified of the event and private security will be on hand to prevent possible disruptions by protestors. "There has been some chatter on the Internet about protests," Weinstein said. "We are not taking any chances."
He said Weston is following in the footsteps of powerful anti-Muslim politician Geert Wilders, of the Freedom Party of the Netherlands, who holds similar views. "There has to be a change to our immigration policy," Weinstein said on Thursday. "One of our goals is to stop the spread of Muslim fundamentalism."
Officials of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) said Weston has no criminal convictions to bar him from entering the country.
Last year the JDL organised a meeting in solidarity with the English Defence League which was addressed by Stephen Yaxley-Lennon ("Tommy Robinson") by video link.