A panel of the Canadian legislature convened Tuesday to evaluate the application of the Emergencies Act; one member acknowledged minor contributions to the Freedom Convoy’s bank accounts may have been stopped.
No Political Accountability
The Committee on Finance of the Canadian House of Representatives held a hearing on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government usage of the Emergency Act.
When questioned about the issue by Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) MP Philip Lawrence, Isabelle Jacques (an associate junior minister of the Canadian Ministry of Finance) conceded anybody who made donations to the Freedom Convoy fundraising event after February 15th could have their bank balances frozen.
Jacques went on to say while it was “highly improbable” that anyone who donated small amounts to the Freedom Convoy protests would’ve had their accounts closed, it was possible.
Lawrence added Canadians are “frightened” of the Emergencies Act provisions. They empower Prime Minister Trudeau’s administration to freeze the bank accounts of those involved in the Freedom Convoy rallies without the need for a court order.
In Canada they froze the bank accounts of a single mother for the crime of donating $50 to the truckers BEFORE they declared the protests illegal.
Retroactive financial sanctions for opponents of the government.
Sounds like North Korea…
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The administration, as per Deputy Minister Jacques, has halted freezing bank balances; the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) shared a list of accounts to be revived with banking firms on Monday.
After donating small funds to the Freedom Convoy campaign, several CPC MPs claim to have received information from their supporters about frozen bank accounts.
One of his residents, a single mum named Briane, had her money stopped, according to British Columbia CPC MP Mark Strahl.
On Sunday, Ontario CPC MP Marilyn Gladu made a very similar accusation, claiming one of her members’ accounts had been stopped after purchasing a $20 Freedom Convoy t-shirt.
Fascism in Canada
“Under the Emergency Economic Metrics Sequence (Emergencies Act), the list supplied to banking firms included the identity of individuals who were motivators in the illegal mass demonstrations in Ottawa.”
“They also included shareholders and/or drivers of automobiles who did not leave the region affected by the protest,” the RCMP said earlier this week.
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“At no point did we give financial institutions a list of donors. We are now engaging with the banks to develop a method to handle the frozen assets,” the statement continued.
Despite purported restrictions prohibiting the distribution of compromised documents, the donor list for the campaign on the site GiveSendGo was hacked earlier in the month and the list was disseminated on Twitter.
After Prime Minister Trudeau’s use of the Emergency Act for the very first time in Canadian history, Canada’s Justice Minister David Lametti acknowledged worries the government may freeze a huge number of people’s accounts.
“Well, I believe if you’re a part of a pro-Trump organization who’s donating big bucks to this kind of activity, you should be concerned,” Lametti said.