George Hallak is a comic book dealer from Canada who exhibits at many comic book shows, including San Diego Comic-Con and Fan Expo Canada under the business names of Comic Age — his LinkedIn account has him as President of Comic Age.
But he appears to be in the news for other reasons.
A Lebanese immigrant to Canada, he has set up a far-right alliance group called the Canadian Coalition of Concerned Citizens, recently clashing with counter-protesters in Ottawa, Saturday, along the Quebec border where thousands of asylum seekers have crossed into the country since January.
On Ottawa’s Parliament Hill, the Canadian Coalition Of Concerned Citizens protested in opposition to the government’s immigration policies, as well as its new proposal to increase taxes on small businesses. Around 20 members turned up, so maybe they weren’t that concerned. The group’s protest was opposed by a larger group chanting anti-fascist slogans, condemning CCCC as hate speech and neo-Nazis. Riot police were called in to separate the two sides after several scuffles, both verbal and physical, between the two opposing parties.
CTV News reports Georges Hallak was the protest’s organiser, and that he told them the gathering was about free speech:
“I feel sorry for them that they feel that we are about expressing hate. That is not the case… It’s about making sure every person comes here legally, with respect for the law of the land and taking courses on Canadian laws and Canadian values before entering the country.”
Would watching select episodes of South Park count? Hallak also told CBC News that he is concerned Muslims will impose Sharia law on Canada:
“Hallak, a self-described Christian patriot, said he is steadfastly opposed to M-103, a non-binding, Liberal-sponsored motion that passed the House of Commons in the spring, which condemned Islamophobia. Hallak fears its passage will limit free speech and criticism of Islam.
He also said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has failed to secure the Canada-U.S. border while allowing mayors to declare cities sanctuaries, which he said shield undocumented migrants from law enforcement.
‘I respect immigration 100 per cent, as long as the people coming to this country do not have criminal records, do not pose a threat to normal Canadians, that they come here with the intent to follow the laws of Canada without trying to modify [it] for their needs — we’re talking about Shariah law, which goes against the Constitution of Canada,’ he said.”
This is George’s current Facebook profile photo.
And he has been posting videos of the protest.
Of course, the bigger question has yet to be answered. What Would Wolverine Do?