An Ontario court has frozen access to funds raised for the Freedom Convoy. The order is the latest dramatic development in the two week protest against COVID-19 vaccine requirements for truckers attempting to re-enter Canada after crossing the Canada-U.S. border.
The news follows mostly peaceful protests involving tractor trailers that have blocked usually busy thoroughfares in Ottawa and closed at least three border crossings.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau remains unyielding in his opposition to the truckers. He’s dismissed the protest as a fringe movement infested with Nazis. Meanwhile, Ottawa police have threatened protesters with arrest. Police Chief Peter Sloly even said a conviction might cost the truckers their jobs.
Although Alberta, Saskatchewan and Quebec have unveiled plans to loosen COVID restrictions, Ontario — and above all Trudeau — remain as defiant as ever.
The latest ruling, from Ontario’s Supreme Court, prohibits the protest organizers from accessing the millions of dollars raised for the embattled truckers on the fundraising website GiveSendGo.
The CBC reports:
A statement from Premier Doug Ford’s office on Thursday said Attorney General Doug Downey brought the application for the order, under Section 490.8 of the Criminal Code, to prohibit anyone from distributing donations made through the website’s “Freedom Convoy 2022” and “Adopt-a-Trucker” campaign pages.
Ivana Yelich, a spokesperson for the premier, said the order “binds any and all parties with possession or control over these donations.”
Convoy organizers quickly set up a campaign on Christian fundraising site GiveSendGo, after donors initially raised more than $10 million through the crowdfunding platform GoFundMe.
Late last week, GoFundMe said it would stop payments to convoy organizers and refund donors directly because the protest violates its rules on violence and harassment.
However, that hasn’t stopped GoFundMe from supporting far-left movements even when some protests turned violent.
Ultimately, protests over racial injustice following the death of George Floyd led to unrest that resulted in dozens of deaths.
Canadian authorities have arrested multiple protesters in Ottawa but no significant violence has been reported.