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Former far-right party leader sentenced to one year in prison for inciting hatred

Patron, the former leader of the Canadian Nationalist Party, will serve another 168 days in prison after being credited for the time served.

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Travis Patron, convicted of inciting hatred against Jews, will remain in custody for the time being.

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Early Thursday morning, it was unclear whether the former leader of a far-right Canadian political party would emerge from an Estevan court as a free man.

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But when Court of King’s Bench Judge Neil Robertson delivered his ruling on sentencing, it became clear that it wouldn’t happen that way.

Patron was sentenced to 168 days, going forward, according to Estevan Courthouse staff. That’s a year less for time spent on remand, which is exactly what Crown prosecutor Ryan Snyder suggested would be appropriate, following the jury’s Oct. 5 guilty verdict.

Following his custodial sentence, Patron must spend a year on probation.

Snyder previously told the Leader-Post that, given the range of sentences for the charge Patron was convicted of, he could have considered what is known as a “time served” scenario. This would have meant that the credit he had through the time spent in pre-trial detention awaiting the outcome of the legal proceedings would have compensated for the sentence, which in effect means that he could have been free to leave after the decision.

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But the prosecutor pleaded in favor of an additional delay, in the future.

The Crown’s case against the man largely revolved around a video, which trial witnesses said was once publicly available online, titled “Beware the Parasitic Tribe.”

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In this Estevan courthouse, Travis Patron was convicted and sentenced for fomenting hatred against Jews.
In this Estevan courthouse, Travis Patron was convicted and sentenced for fomenting hatred against Jews. .jpg

In that video, Snyder said Patron came up with “pretty much every anti-Semitic trope in the history of anti-Semitic tropes.”

The convicted man from Redvers, Saskatchewan. was 29 years old February 2021 when he was charged with the hate crime.

During his closing argument before the jury on October 3, Snyder quoted what he said were Patron’s words: “What we need to do, perhaps more than anything, is kick these people out, once and for all, from our country.

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The convict told the jury there was no evidence he was referring to Jews.

The jury, which deliberated for less than an hour, disagreed.

Thursday’s sentence was the last of three he received in a year.

In late 2021, he was convicted and sentenced for mischief and breach of recognizance. The charge of mischief related to his unwanted presence in Redvers’ Legion Hall, where he at one point posted a notice that the building had been confiscated for the benefit of the Canadian Nationalist Party.

This was not the case.

This party was deregistered on March 31 for failing to comply with the requirement of having at least 250 members.

Over the summer, Patron was convicted and sentenced for assaulting two women, causing bodily harm.

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The women, both teachers, met Patron at a Regina bar the same evening as the November 2019 assaults. One said she had suffered a concussion with lingering effects and the other said that she had fractured her wrist, trying to arrest her fall after being punched in the face.

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