Canadian Nationalist Party leader Travis Patron being held in custody after new charges

The leader of the Canadian Nationalist Party is now being held in custody.

Judge Michelle Brass ruled last week that Travis Patron of Redvers, now with five separate charges against him along with multiple charges of breaching conditions, will remain in custody.

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Patron was arrested or the second time in 10 days on March 28 after allegedly breaking into the Redvers Legion Hall.

On March 19, the Carlyle RCMP was called when Patron was allegedly causing a disturbance at the Legion Hall and refused to leave.

Then, on the night of March 27, Patron broke into the Legion Hall and his image was allegedly captured on a security camera.

The next day, March 28, police were called.

“Travis Patron was arrested on March 28 for a break and enter to the Redvers Legion which occurred on March 27,” said Sgt. Geoff Stringfellow of the Carlyle RCMP.

“He appeared for court on March 29 and was remanded in custody for a show cause hearing on April 1.

“For this incident Patron was charged with break and enter and two counts of failing to comply with conditions of an undertaking.”

The show cause hearing April 1 in Estevan was to determine if Patron would be released.

Because he has been charged with an indictable offence while on release for another indictable offence, at the show-cause hearing the onus was on him to prove that he would not be a danger if released, as opposed to the Crown having to prove he would be a danger.

Judge Michelle Brass decided he should remain in custody.

The latest charges come on top of a string of other charges Patron is facing. He now faces charges of break and enter, mischief, willful incitement of hatred toward an identifiable group, aggravated assault, and assault causing bodily harm, along with several charges of breach of court-ordered conditions.

Patron is the leader of the far-right Canadian Nationalist Party, which is a registered political party in Canada. He ran for Parliament in Souris-Moose Mountain in the 2019 election, finishing last.

According to Carlyle RCMP, the mischief charge was laid after Patron was reported on the Legion Hall property in Redvers claiming he has ownership of the building.

“Our members had responded to a complaint about Mr. Patron being unwanted at the legion building in Redvers. He was claiming he had lawful authority to be there but it was determined he did not,” said Stringfellow.

“His refusal to leave led to him being arrested for mischief. He has been charged with mischief for obstructing the lawful enjoyment of the premises as well as breaching a previous court order, so an undertaking from a previous charge,” Stringfellow explained.

Patron had previously sent a letter to the Town of Redvers saying he believes he has the right to claim the legion building as his own.

He will appear in provincial court in Carlyle on April 28 on the mischief charge.

Patron had previously been charged with assault causing bodily harm and aggravated assault for an incident in Regina in late 2019.

He has been committed to stand trial in Regina Court of Queen’s Bench for the assault causing bodily harm and aggravated assault. There will be a pre-trial conference in Regina on April 23.

The alleged assault took place on Nov. 2, 2019.

In February, Patron was charged with willful promotion of hatred toward an identifiable group.

Patron will appear in provincial court in Carlyle on April 14.

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