“You guys have a serious problem,” Meir Weinstein said in an interview, referring to what he called a rise in the number of people and organizations in Montreal that promote religious radicalism.
But the controversial organization’s first expansion outside Toronto will also have a political bent.
“We are very concerned that there are prominent leaders in the Jewish community in Montreal who stand behind the Liberals,” he said.
“We want to change that.”
Weinstein said only the Conservative Party has taken a “strong and proper” position on terrorism and he wants the Jewish community in Montreal “to stand behind the Conservatives.”
Weinstein, 56, said he planned to have local JDL members aggressively monitor and “infiltrate” radical Islamic groups.
In August, Weinstein, in the wake of some incidents of anti-Semitic vandalism in Montreal, organized a local meeting to gauge interest in reviving the JDL after decades of inactivity.