B’nai Brith Canada wants the newest charges against an Alberta man who had previously pleaded guilty to promoting hatred and a firearms violation upgraded to hate crimes.
Right now, Loki Hulgaard, of Medicine Hat, is charged only with breaching the terms of a conditional sentence.
In 2020, as part of a plea deal to settle charges of promoting hatred and a firearms licence violation, Hulgaard was ordered not to publish anti-Jewish material online.
That agreement settled charges he had tried to pass money stamped with antisemitic messages. The sentence included court-ordered counselling, probation, house arrest and orders to stay away from churches and a store where he tried to pass money stamped with antisemitic phrases such as Zionist Occupation Government.
At the time of his arrest, he was also found to have four firearms, two with their serial numbers filed off, 1,200 rounds of ammunition and three over-capacity magazines.
In July, police in Medicine Hat, charged Hulgaard with violating the terms of his probation, accusing him of publishing new material through a far-right American website. The new documents carry titles such as Jewish White Genocide, Who Is the Jew?: The Jew Identifier Document and an autobiography entitled How (((They))) Ruined My Life: Autobiography of Loki Hulgaard.
In a news release Feb. 3, B’nai Brith described those materials as “some of the worst anti-Jewish hate literature ever produced in Canada, repeatedly calling for the extermination of all Jews, illustrated by lurid graphics.”
The only fit sanction, B’nai Brith said, is jail time.
“We appreciate the diligent work of Medicine Hat Police on the Loki Hulgaard file,” said Michael Mostyn, CEO of B’nai Brith Canada. “However, this is not a case about breaching a conditional sentence order. This is one of the worst cases of antisemitic propaganda we have ever seen in Canada.
“If the Canadian justice system cannot deliver real consequences for committed hatemongers, then it will fail to deter acts of violence against Jews and other communities.”
In a later email exchange, B’nai Brith stated, “In our view, hate crimes charges are required in order to send a strong signal that Canada will not tolerate calls for genocide against Jews.”
The new charges, it added, raise the chance of jail time for “an extremely dangerous and toxic combination” of hate and access to weapons.
At his first trial, the Medicine Hat News reported Hulgaard told the court he was stockpiling weapons against a coming race war. He described federal gun control laws as a way to “prevent the white population from defending themselves from terrorists.”
Although Hulgaard pleaded guilty in that case, he later issued a public statement on the newspaper’s website accusing his lawyer “who is Jewish and a Freemason” of using “gaslighting and strong-arm tactics” to get him to agree to an unjust settlement.
Hulgaard was previously known as Brendan Stanley Dell.