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Parti national socialiste chretien

Canadian nazi party

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[Parti national socialiste chretien]
by António Martins and recolored by Ivan Sache


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Znamierowski reports that the Parti national socialiste chretien (National socialist Christian party), founded in Montreal, used between 1933 and 1938 a blue flag charged with a red swastika in a white disk. No image is provided but I guess it was simply a 'recolouring' of the NSDAP flag.

The image is reconstructed after Znamierowski's description.
Ivan Sache, 18 March 2001

 


If this is the same group as Arcand's blue shirt (the colouring would point to that) then I have seen a Black and White picture of it in my history class. I think there was some kind of wreath around the disk (either laurel or maple leaf).
Marc Pasquin, 18 March 2001


Above, I said that I could remember a wreath around the circle of the flag, this quote from the article: http://www.canadianencyclopedia.ca/index.cfm? PgNm=TCE&Params=A1ARTA0000267 seems to confirm my remembrance:

"The Parti national social chrétien (established 1934) had as its emblem a swastika surrounded by maple leaves with a Canadian beaver appearing at the crown."
quoted from: William Kaplan

Note that though the use of the word "crown" here might suggest the presence of one, the French version of the article use the phrasing "couronné d'un castor canadien", crowned by a Canadian beaver.

As to the colour of the flag, http://www.junobeach.org/e/2/can-eve-eve-fas-pns-e.htm says the following:

"The stage of the Monument National Theatre was decorated with four huge letters, the initials of the Party's name, PNSC, spelled out in small three-colour flags with the swastika. [...]"
Le Patriote, March 1, 1934 (in Jacques Lacoursière, Histoire populaire du Québec, 1997) (translation)

This might indicate the use of blue, white and red (the original French version call it "tricolore" as the French flag's nickname) tho not necessarily in the order mentioned by Znamierowski (who might have better source then us or might have guessed). The flag itself might have been use only during the period of 1934-1938, time at which

Arcand's party joined other Canadian groups to form the National Unity Party. Lastly, note that the name of the party is not "Parti national-socialiste Chrétien" but "Parti national-social Chrétien<". Being virulently anti-communists, Arcand could have disliked the term or might have wanted to make sure not to be confused with left-wingers who happened to be nationalistic.
Marc Pasquin, 22 April 2004

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