You've probably seen the term "Proud Boys" popping up in the news lately — either because of the group's involvement in storming Capitol Hill or because Canada is reportedly considering declaring the group a terrorist organization.\nWhile it's all too easy to look down on bad actors down south, stop before you get too smug. The Proud Boys have ties to Montreal. Here's what you need to know about them.\nEditor's Choice: New Data Shows Whether Curfew Is Keeping Montrealers Off Public Transit\n\nWho are the Proud Boys?\nThe Proud Boys, established in 2016, are a men's organization consisting of self-described "western chauvinist[s]" who "refuse to apologize for creating the modern world."\nYou can often identify Proud Boys by their MAGA hats and black-and-yellow Fred Perry polo shirts. There are chapters around the world. \nWhile they deny any connection to the alt-right, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) says members "regularly spout white nationalist memes and maintain affiliations with known extremists." \nIt also says they are "known for anti-Muslim and misogynistic rhetoric," and that they appear alongside other hate groups at extremist gatherings.\n\n \n \n \n \n \n Wirestock | Dreamstime\n \n \n \nIn fact, a later disavowed member named Jason Kessler reportedly organized the deadly "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, which several Proud Boys were seen attending. \nThe Proud Boys are considered a "hate group" by the SPLC and an "alt lite" group by the ADL (Anti-Defamation League). \nIn November 2018, it was reported that the FBI considered the Proud Boys an "extremist group with ties to white nationalism."\nHowever, an FBI official later told media this was not accurate. Rather, according to Global News, it considers "individuals within the group to be extremists."\n\nWhy have Proud Boys been in the news lately? \nYou might recall the first U.S. presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden in September. Trump was asked to condemn white supremacist and militia groups.\n"Proud Boys, stand back and stand by," Trump replied. \nThis made headlines and led to some Proud Boys celebrating the remarks, responding via social media with comments like, "Standing by sir."\nThe Proud Boys watching the debate — and @realDonaldTrump gave the call. pic.twitter.com/R4AySuqo6E— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) September 30, 2020\n\nMore recently, the Proud Boys were identified as one of the groups with members present at the violent riots that unfolded as Trump supporters stormed Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on January 6. \nThis is no coincidenceIt is the power of the peopleWe demanded this and the Liberals are being forced to respondBut still, no firm commitmentThe Proud Boys must be designated as terrorists, immediatelyLet's keep pushingSign and share 👉🏾 https://t.co/NjxKhQDjUc 👈🏾 https://t.co/K0wRAqOWNC— Jagmeet Singh (@theJagmeetSingh) January 11, 2021\n\nJagmeet Singh called out Canada's federal government for failing to make a "firm commitment" to formally declare the Proud Boys a recognized terrorist organization.\nHe started a petition on the NDP website, aiming to get the Proud Boys banned and deemed a terrorist group.\nThere's no signature count but, according to The Independent, "Singh claimed it had received overwhelming support and that the site crashed due to heavy traffic." \nNow, Canada's federal government is actually considering declaring the Proud Boys a terrorist organization. It would join a list of organizations including Al Qaida and the Taliban.\n\nWhat's the group's connection to Montreal?\nThe Proud Boys' connection to Montreal comes down to the group's founder, Gavin McInnes.\nMcInnes grew up in the Ottawa area, but moved to Montreal where he co-founded the government-subsidized magazine Voice of Montreal in 1994 — an outlet that later became VICE Media. \nIn his book, How to Piss in Public, McInnes tells stories of living a sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle in Montreal. \nThere are numerous accounts of him hanging out at [Bar] Bifteck on the Main, and getting into fights around town. \nDuring his time starting up VICE in Montreal, contributing to its content, McInnes honed his brand — a voice the New York Times described as "inflected with a crass, contrarian bigotry."\n View this post on Instagram A post shared by Chrissy McCauley (@chrissymac1976)\nA Montreal newspaper also played a role in McInnes' rise to media fame and fortune. \nThe story goes that one of McInnes' partners at VICE tricked a Montreal journalist — some sources say from La Presse, others say The Gazette — into reporting that Richard Szalwinski, a millionaire who'd recently acquired another media company, wanted to invest in VICE. \nThis led to Szalwinski, who hadn't heard of VICE, becoming a partner and buying 25% for a reported $750,000, according to The Walrus. \nMcInnes relocated from Montreal to New York City when VICE headquarters did, in 2001. \nBy the end of 2008, VICE had cut ties with McInnes. But he had already made a name for himself.\nHe found new platforms among right-wing media outlets, going on to host The Gavin McInnes Show on Compound Media, appear on Fox News and contribute to The Rebel Media, building up a loyal following. \nMcInnes quit the Proud Boys days after it was reported that the FBI had labelled the Proud Boys an extremist organization. \nBut, as CBC News reported, he admitted on YouTube he did so "reluctantly."\n"I'm told by my legal team and law enforcement that this gesture could help alleviate their sentencing. Fine. At the very least this will show jurors they're not dealing with a gang and there is no head of operations," said McInnes. \n"I see it as the greatest fraternal organization in the world. But rumours and lies and terrible journalism has made its way to the court system."\nAccording to Global, the Proud Boys' Montreal chapter went offline on January 11 amid "mounting pressure in the wake of ... violence in the U.S. capital."