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National Unity Party, Canada

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[National Unity Party] image by Eugene Ipavec and Tomislav Todorovic, 18 May 2012

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The National Social Christian Party of Canada [the Canadian fascists led by Adrien Arcand] met at Kingston, Ontario July 1st to 4th, 1938 and changed their name to National Unity Party of Canada and insignia from a swastika flag (and arm band) with a red swastika on a white disk on a blue banner, patterned after the German Nazi banner to “an orange torch bordered by maple leaves topped by a beaver in profile”, Their banner was changed to substitute the orange torch issuing from a striped bowl for the swastika. (See the attached newspaper photo of regalia seized by the R.C.M.P. on order of the Hon. Ernest Lapointe, Minister of Justice when Arcand and his lieutenants were detained under the War Measures Act for the duration of the Second World War.) [Photograph and description of N.U.P.C. badge are copied from The Canadian Führer: the Life of Adrien Arcand by Jean-François Nadeau, James Lorimer & Company, Toronto, 2011] The N.U.P.C. still exists and Arcand’s disciples are still on the extreme right wing of society.
Michael Halleran, 15 May 2012

See for this emblem in the masthead of the party newspaper.
Eugene Ipavec, 16 May 2012

The National Unity Party of Canada, sometimes referred to as the 'Blue Shirts' after their paramilitary type uniforms, commonly attacked immigrants, minorities, and leftist political groups and politicians. The NUPC boasted that it would seize national power in Canada, but had little support outside of Quebec, British Columbia, and Alberta. During World War II the party was banned under the War Measures Act, and Arcand and many of his followers were arrested and detained for the duration of the war.
(modified text from "Historical Flags of Our Ancestors" website)
Pete Loeser, 18 May 2012

[National Unity Party] image by Eugene Ipavec and Tomislav Todorovic, 18 May 2012