Mr Kinsella responds:
"You don't have the guts to post this, 'free speecher'"
Friday, February 19, 1999
From: Warren Kinsella
IS ROGER ROCAN A RACIST? YOU DECIDE
Who is he? Roger Rocan is a former member of the Reform Party of Canada, who was expelled from the party in July 1991. In October 1992, during the Charlottetown Accord referendum, Rocan was chairman of Victoria's "Vote No for Canada Committee." In June 1994, after being identified in a single sentence in Warren Kinsella's book Web of Hate: Inside Canada's Far Right Network as a former Reform Party member with right wing views, Rocan sued Kinsella and HarperCollins for defamation.
Rocan's involvement with right wing groups is on the public record. On May 13, 1993, for example, Rocan appeared before Victoria City Council on behalf of the Canadian League of Rights. In his book A Trust Betrayed: The Keegstra Affair, Professor David Bercuson describes the Canadian League of Rights as "one of the largest and best organized Canadian anti-Semitic groups." That's not all: in May 1994, Rocan was a paid activist and recruiter for the Western Canada Concept in British Columbia and Alberta. Among other things, the WCC's platform states that "immigration can result in Western Canada becoming just as crowded and degenerate as the Third World...We must stop Third World immigration and return to traditional sources of immigration from culturally compatible origins like Europe."
Rocan's lawyer is Doug Christie, who has in the past represented the anti-Semitic former school teacher, Jim Keegstra; pro-Nazi publisher Ernst Zundel; the leader of the Manitoba Knights of the Ku Klux Klan; Holocaust-denying writer Malcolm Ross; the former leader of the Aryan Nations; and the racist Canadian Liberty Net. Christie is also the leader of the Western Canada Concept. In February 1993, an investigation by the Law Society of Upper Canada found that Rocan's lawyer had made "anti-Semitic" comments - and that he had made "common cause" with anti-Semitic "lunatics."
What has happened in the law suit? Warren Kinsella and HarperCollins have vigorously defended Rocan's law suit from day one. In preparing for the trial, lawyers were made aware of Roger Rocan's involvement with a number of right wing causes and individuals. In the "discovery" portion of the trial, Rocan admitted, under oath, that he wants to preserve "white Christian values in Canada" - and confessed that he was against "multiculturalism, bilingualism and immigration." A few days before the trial was to begin in Victoria, the case was settled out of court. No apology was made, or offered, by Kinsella and HarperCollins. Here's why.
ROGER ROCAN IN HIS OWN WORDS
Roger Rocan himself writes to us:
I WAS asked by a friend to write to you and provide any info I can on Warren Kinsella. I'm afraid I have never met the individual, nor have I ever laid eyes on him. I think I can say the reverse is true as well! I will never understand why he (and his publisher) so foolishly mentioned me in his book.