Judy Trinh reports for CBC TV
Updated | Jul 9 2003 06:24 PM CDT
Candidate for mayor supported by Klan
A woman who says she has received funding from the Ku Klux Klan is
running for mayor of Ottawa.
Donna Upson filed her nomination
papers in May, and is now among five
candidates for the job.
Upson denies she's a card-carrying
member of any white-supremacist group.
She says she's running on a "socialist
The National Socialist Movement bills
itself as "the largest Nazi party in the
In a recent news release, the group
congratulates Upson for challenging what it
calls "the Canadian Government's vicious
Upson says she's been receiving
donations from members of that group and
others, including the Ku Klux Klan.
"Well, I think that they have a lot
of strong points. I think that what they're
doing is very good. I think that they're
trying to keep the races separate and pure.
They're not a hate group," Upson says.
In July 2000, at the age of 22, Upson
was sentenced to two years in prison for
threatening to kill the pastor of a mainly
black congregation in Nova Scotia.
A judge said Upson had no hope of
rehabilitation unless she renounced her
racist beliefs. She says she has. But her current platform includes a call
for a European heritage week, and for Ottawa
police to establish what she calls an
"immigrant crime unit."
Upson says she's been getting donations locally, too, although she's
not saying how much she's collected. She says those local donors are aware
of her views.
"Yes they are. They don't have a
problem with it. Because they know that my
plans for the city affect all people."
Ottawa voters go to the polls Nov. 10.
Donna Upson is running for Ottawa mayor
Ottawa Elections 2003
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