The Heritage Front
A report to the Solicitor General of Canada
December 9th, 1995
IX. THE METZGER AND MAGUIRE INCIDENTS
In this section, we examine two specific events that were subject to much
media speculation, the arrest of Sean Maguire, and the visit to Canada of
Tom, and his son John, Metzger. We also deal with some extraneous matters
relating to Bristow's involvement with foreign White Supremacists.
9.1 The Arrest of Sean Maguire
Sean Maguire was a leading American White Supremacist who entered
Canada in 1991, and, during a short visit, stayed at Grant Bristow's home.
He was arrested, based on information provided by a CSIS Source, and was
A Toronto Region Investigator said that he passed information about Sean
Maguire's whereabouts to the Metropolitan Toronto Police Force who then
made the "take down". Prior to the arrest, the Service's
Investigator said he notified the police that there were guns in the trunk
of Bristow's car. Bristow was described as a member of the Heritage Front.
The CSIS Investigator was present when the police strategy session took
place before the arrest.
Service officers knew, from a source, that Bristow had guns in his car.
We learned that Peter Mitrevski was a little surprised to learn that Bristow
carried guns in the car. Droege mentioned it was not illegal because he
had a Firearms Acquisition Certificate (FAC) and there was no ammo in them.
On September 20, 1991, Sean Maguire and Grant Bristow were travelling in
the latter's car, when they were stopped at gunpoint by the heavily armed
Metro Toronto Emergency Task Force. Sean Maguire was arrested on an Immigration
warrant. RCMP and Immigration officials were on hand for the arrest, as
was a CSIS investigator from Toronto Region. Grant Bristow, when he was
stopped, had guns in the trunk of his car. Both men were taken to police
The operation was a cooperative effort involving CSIS, Immigration, Metro
Toronto Police and the RCMP.
In the trunk of Bristow's car, police found two guns in their cases: a 12
gauge shotgun and a semi-automatic rifle that was inoperative. At the arrest
scene, the CSIS Investigator was dressed in civilian clothes and he was
well back of the immediate site of the arrest. Bristow was brought back
to station 41, and he was berated for having weapons in the car by a police
officer at about the time that Wolfgang Droege came to pick him up.
When the police officers discovered the weapons in the trunk of the car,
they took Bristow to the police station pending a decision on whether to
charge him. They concluded that no criminal or illegal act had taken place:
Also found were a red light (not illegal unless flashing), a flashlight,
walkie talkies and a set of handcuffs. Bristow said he was a Loss Prevention
Investigator and this was his equipment.
- the weapons were not transported dangerously (i.e., they were in their
cases in a locked trunk);
- they were not altered (sawn-off);
- there was no ammunition; and
- Bristow had valid Firearms Acquisition Certificates.
Droege came to pick Bristow up while Maguire was still being processed by
a Detective. A police officer strongly cautioned
Bristow about his having guns and being a white supremacist, while at the
same time the Metro Toronto Police were searching through Bristow's car
for more weapons or other contraband.
The Metropolitan Toronto Police Force (MTPF) pointed out that Immigration
had served the police with a warrant for Maguire's arrest and this was the
sole basis for the arrest. That is, the arrest did not result from an MTPF
investigation and, save for the weapons in Bristow's car, there were no
grounds upon which to hold him.
The incident report was thin because the MTPF only acted on an Immigration
warrant. Bristow was not mentioned because he was not targeted by the warrant
and he did not commit any illegal act.
According to Bristow, he owned two firearms, a shotgun which was operable
and an inoperable semi-automatic rifle. He acquired these from Glengarry
Transport after an investigation, and he also acquired Firearms Acquisition
Certificates. He had the guns in the trunk because he didn't want them in
the house when Maguire was visiting. CSIS was aware that Bristow had the
guns, and knew how he had come to possess them.
A former Immigration officer who was on the scene, Harold Musetescu, informed
SIRC that there was a "heated discussion" at station 41
about charging Grant Bristow for "dangerous weapons" and
"unsafe storage of firearms". Musetescu said that the police
thought that they had "got two birds with one stone", and
were keen to lay charges. Musetescu alleged that Bristow was not charged
because of CSIS intervention.
The Review Committee did not find any corroboration for the former Immigration
Officer's statements. According to the Metropolitan Toronto Police, no one,
including the police, argued about whether to let Bristow go. If there had
been a criminal offence, the police would have charged Bristow but, as previously
stated, nothing illegal had been found.
The former Immigration officer stated that the Toronto Region Investigator
wore a police jacket at the arrest. The CSIS Investigator said that he wore
a police jacket only once, at a later arrest of Tom Metzger. At that time,
he had it on for only five minutes, at the request of the police, so that
he would not be accidentally shot if a fire-fight broke out.
The Toronto Region Investigator added that he thought that the possession
of the guns and the arrest were reported in an administrative report. The
incident was mentioned briefly in a report but, to the best of our knowledge
the report did not mention that guns were involved.
Press Accounts. According to one press account, Sean Maguire was
arrested at gunpoint on September 20, 1991. When arrested, officers found
in the car a 12 gauge shotgun, and an FN Semi-automatic assault rifle.
The driver and owner of the car, not reported, was Grant Bristow.
According to a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation broadcast, "the
police were really hot to trot to lay gun charges against Grant. But Al
Treddenick was going around saying, Hey, he's a friend of ours, which basically
means this was our source." Member
of Parliament Tom Wappel put it more succinctly to the Committee:
"I would like to know, has CSIS a source [who]...committed acts
contrary to the Criminal Code with the knowledge of CSIS and did CSIS protect
the source from charges being laid?"
The Review Committee has found no evidence that any criminal or illegal
act was committed by Grant Bristow or a Source of the Service in relation
to the arrest of Sean Maguire and, consequently, the media accounts are
9.2 The Metzger Visit
In June 1992, Tom Metzger, founder of the White Aryan Resistance (WAR) and
his son John, among the most violent white supremacists in the United States,
came to Canada at the behest of Wolfgang Droege.
Their arrival, arrest and departure was the basis for further allegations
following the Toronto Sun's August 14, 1994 article about a purported
9.2.1 Arrival and Deportation
Canada's Immigration Branch had a country-wide alert out to stop the Metzgers
at the Border. CSIS knew that the Metzgers were coming, but they did not
have the travel details. We have learned that three days before the
Metzgers' arrival, CSIS attempted to learn the travel details of Droege's
guest, the Metzgers. Droege, however, was holding the specific details close
to his chest. CSIS was aware of discussions about the Metzger's arrival,
but they were not sure of the meeting place. Droege disclosed that someone
would be there (to bring them across the border), location unspecified.
CSIS commented that it was possible that it was Drew Maynard who was meeting
the Metzgers to bring them across the Canada-US border. The time and meeting
place were still unknown.
According to CSIS information, the Source played absolutely no role in bringing
the Metzgers to Canada in June 1992. The Source knew they were coming up
but he had no idea of how they were to come, and he backed off from the
project for fear of arrest.
At a debriefing with the handler, the Source was told not to worry about
it and not to ask any questions. The handler
believed that the Source would have provided details if he had had them
concerning the arrival of the Metzgers, and said that he would have been
negligent not to ask for that information. He added, however, that he did
not want the Source running around asking people what was going on and thus
jeopardizing his credibility. He subsequently learned that the Metzgers
slipped across the border at Fort Erie, but he never did discover who drove
them across the border.
CSIS was unable to uncover the specific travel plans of the Metzgers. The
handler had no details on how the Metzgers entered Canada. The Source's
involvement at the time was to tell the handler when the Metzgers were in
Canada. Immigration knew that the Metzgers were on their way, and they wanted
to find out where and when they were coming, and to find out what they were
wearing when they arrived.
The handler was asked if the Source encouraged the Metzgers to come to Canada.
He noted that the Source did not encourage Droege to invite big name White
Supremacists but he would not have discouraged it either.
A television program alleged that there was a plot by the Metzgers and Heritage
Front members to "storm" the Ontario legislature. According
to the Source, there was some discussion in the Front about a "storming"
and also about the possibility of the Metzgers presenting a petition. He
noted, however, that there was little or no planning for either.
We have learned that Droege stated that obviously there was no intention
of storming the Ontario Legislature. The intent was to cause a confrontation
rather than commit an illegal act.
On June 26, 1992, Tom and John Metzger travelled to Toronto in order to
speak at a Heritage Front meeting scheduled for June 27. In the early hours
of June 28, a joint police-Immigration operation led to the arrest of the
Metzgers on charges related to the Immigration Act. An immigration adjudicator
ruled, on July 2, 19992, that the Metzger's were guilty of entering Canada
intending to break Canada's hate laws. Ninety minutes after the decision
was made, the Metzgers were escorted out of the country.
After their deportation, Bristow returned the Metzgers' luggage to them
in Buffalo, New York at 11:30 in the evening. According to the Source, Bristow
spent approximately 15 minutes with them at the bar and then another 15
minutes in the Metzgers' room. He then drove back to Toronto because he
had to work the next morning.
Wolfgang Droege was with the Metzgers when they were arrested on the Immigration
warrant. Droege, as was the case with Bristow in the Maguire arrest, was
not detained by the police.
When asked whether Bristow had provided any money, the Source indicated
that Bristow did not provide money to the Metzgers but he shared with others
the extra money required to change the Metzgers' plane tickets to return
to California, after having been deported to Buffalo. No cash was given
to the Metzgers. CSIS' records indicate
that the tickets were paid for using Droege's credit card.
9.2.2 Information on Jewish Groups
The Source said that Bristow absolutely did not pass money or personal information
on members of the Jewish community to White Supremacists in the United States.
Nor did Bristow provide information on any Heritage Front target groups
or individuals to Tom Metzger; and, in any case, Tom Metzger had more information
on American Jewish groups than the Heritage Front did.
Media allegations were that Bristow visited the Metzgers in California.
He told us that he had never been to California, but his wallet, which had
been lost or stolen, had ended up there in the 1970s; Bristow learned this
when he was detained in Chicago on the return flight from Libya in 1989.
Bristow said that Tom Metzger had not asked him for a list of Canadian companies
in California, but Gerald Lincoln had sent one down, possibly
provided by British Columbia racist, Tony McAleer.
Lincoln said he never provided any information to the Metzgers.
The information provided to the media by the Metzgers was fabricated.
We learned that on August 17, 1994 Tom Metzger suggested to Droege that,
in the wake of the Dunphy article three days before, it would be the perfect
time to leak that that traitor up there was a bag man for some heavy action
down in the US. Droege could claim that the guy was carrying money back
and forth in order to get the story on the American scene. Droege later
told Metzger that the best way would be to transfer the media to Metzger
and say Bristow was running across to the US and using Droege's name to
We learned that on August 24, 1994 Wolfgang Droege informed Tom Metzger
that he would receive a call from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Droege told Metzger to tell them (CBC) that Bristow also gave Metzger documents
on Jewish groups in Canada and on Jews and on other leftist type organizations
and members. Metzger said he knew the story would grow. Droege said that
in Canada there are the Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC), the B'nai Brith
and the Simon Wiesenthal Centre and Metzger could say that Bristow supplied
him with information on these groups and also some of their people. Droege
told Metzger to say that he was given information on various leftists, too
numerous to mention and that would drive them up the wall. Metzger agreed.
Metzger should give him (a CBC reporter) a good story on that or maybe on
Bristow giving Metzger money, or about giving Metzger files on people.
Droege concluded by saying that Bristow supplied somebody with information
on the Jews. This was a reference to Ernst Zundel.
Later, Tom Metzger told Droege they (CBC) had just contacted him and Metzger
'gave them a line of crap a mile long.' Droege suggested that Metzger should
watch the CBC news that evening and asked Metzger, if they really bit. Metzger
said it sounded like it, but Metzger had not pushed the money part so much.
The Review Committee has confirmed that the above exchanges took place as
9.2.3 Publicity for the Racists
On the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation television program, The Fifth Estate,
the announcer noted that:
Metzger had inspired his followers to commit some of the worst Neo-Nazi
violence in the U.S. Metzger had spent six months in jail just prior to
his planned trip to Toronto. His criminal record and his Neo-Nazi views
would be enough to bar him from Canada. Metzger's plan was to fly to Buffalo
from California, then try to drive into Canada on Friday, June 26th.
On the program, Tom Metzger said that Droege and Bristow had invited him
to Canada, and that Bristow knew the specifics of the trip, adding that
Bristow paid for half the cost of the airline tickets. According to The
Fifth Estate, CSIS was to use the eventual arrest to "make themselves
heroes in everybody's eyes", while "they manufactured the
entire incident". According to Tom Metzger, Bristow had been a
CSIS agent in this plan.
Tom Metzger made some additional statements. He alleged that Bristow had
subsequently visited him in California in December 1992, bringing with him
the names, addresses, and sometimes phone numbers of people "we consider
top Zionists": people to be "targeted". Bristow had
also given them money, "Believe me, it was enough money that the average
Canadian taxpayer would be shocked".
As noted earlier in this section, we saw no evidence to confirm any of Metzger's
statements. What we did find was that Droege and Metzger collaborated on
what was to be said in advance of the CBC interview, presumably to discredit
Grant Bristow, CSIS and, at a minimum, to instill fear in the Jewish community
We have learned that Droege's agenda was to keep the flame lit and let people
know they were out there. Droege said that was why he always sought a lot
of media attention and he was making sure there was stuff in the media all
the time. He noted that certainly the first thing that needed to be done
was that the system needed to be undermined and a good start would be to
go after CSIS.
9.2.4 Defacing Synagogues
The Heritage Front hotline threatened revenge for the deportation of the
Metzgers, and on the following Monday, three synagogues in the Toronto area
were defaced. CSIS issued a general Threat Assessment on June 26, 1992 which
stated that protests and demonstrations in support of Metzger were likely
to occur as a result of his arrest. Sporadic and spontaneous acts of violence
were possible. The arrest and deportation were also expected to attract
a great deal of publicity in the Toronto media. The Metro Toronto Police,
OPP and RCMP were advised and worked with Immigration on this operation.
According to the CSIS Investigator, he received no specific warning about
the vandalism. He added, however, that whenever there is an action by the
Government against the far right, a Threat Assessment is put out to warn
that isolated acts of vandalism might take place.
Regional police forces are aware that after white supremacist rallies, vandalism
often takes place at Jewish cemeteries and synagogues.
The Source said that he did not have any specific knowledge of who was responsible.
He noted that he may have reported that problems were brewing and that people
were upset, but he had no information that the vandalism was going to take
place. We found no indication that CSIS
had any foreknowledge of the attacks on the synagogues.
9.2.5 The Former Immigration officer
A former Immigration Officer, Harold Musetescu, alleged that CSIS manipulated
the entry into Canada of prominent international white supremacists. This
idea was also conveyed by The Fifth Estate program:
"A few days later, the Metzgers were deported across the border.
The whole operation looked like a smashing success for CSIS."
Harold Musetescu has indicated that, for foreign white supremacists, CSIS
followed a pattern of allowing the individuals into the country, and then
having them arrested and deported to bloat their own (CSIS') importance.
Musetescu suggested that this was intended in the case of Dennis Mahon,
but was thwarted by Immigration, and that this was the situation for the
first Maguire trip to Canada: "CSIS would withhold information about
their arrival from Immigration until after they arrived".
Based on our review of CSIS files, and our discussions with the principals,
including senior officials at Immigration, we found no evidence of CSIS
knowingly withholding information from Immigration about the arrival of
foreign white supremacists.
In fact, in the Metzger case, Immigration put out an alert to Immigration
officers across the country. This action was taken as a result of information
provided by CSIS.
1 SIRC interview of the Metropolitan Toronto Police Force.
2 SIRC interview of Toronto Region Investigator.
3 SIRC interview of Toronto Region Investigator.
4 SIRC interview of Bristow.
5 SIRC interview of Harold Musetescu.
6 Saturday Sun, September 21, 1991.
7 The Fifth Estate, October 4, 1994.
8 Sub-Committee on National Security, September 13, 1994.
9 The Metzgers were successfully sued for US$13 million for instigating
the beating death of an Ethiopian student.
10 Lincoln said Drew Maynard drove the Metzgers to Canada.
11 SIRC interview of Source.
12 SIRC interview of Investigator.
13 SIRC interview of Investigator.
14 SIRC interview of Source.
15 SIRC interview of Source.
16 SIRC interview of Investigator.
17 SIRC interview of Source.
18 SIRC interview of Bristow. The Source handler indicated that the account
concerning the request for information involving Canadian companies was
19 The Fifth Estate, CBC Television, October 4, 1994.
20 The Fifth Estate, CBC Television, October 4, 1994.
21 SIRC interview of Handler.
22 SIRC interview of Source.
23 SIRC interview with Harold Musetescu.
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