Canada neo-Nazis try to bolster numbers with cash

Mon Jul 21, 2008 4:13pm EDT
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CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - A Canadian white supremacist group, apparently struggling to attract new blood, has turned to offering financial incentives to woo recruits, a newspaper reported on Monday.

The Aryan Guard in Calgary, Alberta, who number an estimated 25, has offered to pay the damage deposit on rental accommodations for anyone relocating to the city to join the group, the Calgary Sun reported.

"The Aryan Guard is always seeking new brothers and sisters, if you are interested in relocating to our Calgary area, we will pay the damage deposit for your residence," the Sun quoted an Internet posting as saying.

The posting is entitled "White Nationlist (sic) Relocation Program -- Destination Calgary."

The group has had trouble gaining traction in the Western Canadian city, where they have been outnumbered at their rallies by crowds of anti-racists.

The Sun said no one at the Aryan Guard returned requests for an interview about the cash incentives.

"That makes me sick," the Sun quoted city councilor Ric McIver as saying.

McIver said the local government could not stop anyone from moving to town, but he stressed hate crimes will not be tolerated.

(Reporting by Jeffrey Jones; Editing by Peter Galloway)