Faith Goldy must have felt like a winner after running in the election to be Toronto’s next Mayor despite not actually winning.
Despite being unabashedly pro-white, thousands of alt-right, nationalist, white supremacist supporters in the city all came out to vote for her last month.
In a field of 35 candidates for mayor, Goldy easily topped the rest and finished third with almost 26,000 people voting for her.
Most probably hadn’t heard about her until she entered the Toronto race and demanded she be given ‘serious candidate’ status and be included in the mayoral debates.
Faith Goldy is a Canadian political commentator whose views have been described as far-right and white nationalist. Here she poses with an OK sign, an adopted symbol of the alt-right
Goldy recently stood as a candidate for mayor of Toronto where she finished third with 3.4% of the vote pulling in almost 26,000 votes with her extreme views
Goldy even managed a publicity stunt with Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor and current lawyer for Donald Trump
However, the moment her participation in the debates became an issue, thousands more heard about her.
The controversy gave Goldy a profile she craved. And while opponents sometimes feel it better to silence candidates rather than speak to them, The Toronto Star argues that she could have received even more votes had the media allowed her to share the platform and propagate her views.
She ran a campaign that gleefully parroted Trumpian language like ‘make Toronto safe again!’ and ‘the media is truly the enemy of the people!’
She suggested that if she lost the mayoral election that it was because the election was ‘rigged’.
Goldy’s far-right platform promised to evict illegals from Toronto’s homeless shelters and give them back to homeless Canadians.
Her campaign flyer proclaimed, ‘Only Faith Goldy will evacuate illegal migrants from our city and put Toronto First!’
She vowed to provide subsidized housing only to people born in Canada, stop illegal immigration, monitor imams and Islamic organizations with a view to revoking the permits of mosques where extreme views are taught.
Goldy was banned from appearing during the mayoral debates because of her extreme views
Goldy ran a campaign that gleefully parroted Trumpian language like ‘make Toronto safe again!’ and ‘the media is truly the enemy of the people!’
Goldby wanted to bring back a procedure known as ‘carding’ whereby police are allowed to stop black and brown people to answer police questions even when they are not suspected of committing a crime.
Goldy’s views have been described as far-right and white nationalist. She wrote and reported for The Rebel Media, a Canadian right-wing media website.
A typical report by Goldy showcasing her distasteful views occurred in March 2017 when she posted a video of herself on Twitter in the Palestinian city of Bethlehem in which she expressed shock that she could hear an Islamic call to prayer in the city.
She suggested that ‘Bethlehem’s Christian population has been ethnically cleansed’.
Her campaign flyer proclaimed, ‘Only Faith Goldy will evacuate illegal migrants from our city and put Toronto First!’ – echoing a similar rhetoric from the White House
A month later, she suggested the Canadian government was involved in ‘White Genocide’ after she analyzed the country’s foreign immigration policies compared to the Third World.
She suggested that the European population in Canada was being replaced as a result of the taking-in of immigrants from other countries around the world.
Goldy was also involved covering events surrounding the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia according to The Cut which wrote a lengthy piece profiling her.
Goldy mocked counter-protesters and complained of apparent police bias against the alt-right demonstrators.
However, her contract was terminated after she appeared in an interview on The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website, speaking about the Charlottesville incident.
In December 2017, Goldy appeared on an the alt-right podcast and recited a white supremacist slogan, the Fourteen Words.
Last August, Goldy covered the deadly Unite the Right protest in Charlottesville where she appeared to show sympathy for the alt-right protesters. She was later fired from her job
Goldy suggested that she lost the Toronto mayoral election, it will be because is was ‘RIGGED’
After being challenged for uttering the slogan she continued: ‘I don’t see that as controversial … We want to survive.’
Goldy has also previously recommended a book calling for the ‘elimination of Jews’ and said on a podcast that she believed homosexuality was a reason for the Holocaust.
Crowdfunding site then Patreon suspended her account in May 2018 and she was subsequently banned from PayPal that July, leaving her unable to receive payments
However, despite her controversial views, The Star believes that there is something to said for allowing such high-profile, far-right personalities and racists a place to speak their minds, in order for others to tear their arguments apart.
Columnist Royson James writes: ‘Confronting them and calling them out is a better strategy — especially when their utterances and policies are couched in coded words and ideas we have long deciphered as dog whistles intended to rally the like-minded under an invisible banner. Evil grows in the dark. Open debate is a disinfectant, not something to fear.’