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A Canadian court ordered GiveSendGo to freeze over $8.6 million in donated funds to be sent to the Canadian trucker’s Freedom Convoy 2022, but the U.S.-based platform declined, saying the court lacks jurisdiction over GiveSendGo.
Premier Doug Ford of Ontario, Canada, who is considered to be conservative, requested that the court freeze the funds. That request was granted. Currently, $8.6 million has been raised for the Freedom Convoy 2022 campaign, which aims to raise $16 million for Canadian truckers.
According to Doug Ford’s office, the decision was announced as follows:
“Today, the Attorney General brought an application in the Superior Court of Justice for an order pursuant to section 490.8 of the Criminal Code prohibiting any person from disposing of, or otherwise dealing with, in any manner whatsoever, any and all monetary donations made through the Freedom Convoy 2022 and Adopt-a-Trucker campaign pages on the GiveSendGo online fundraising platform. This afternoon, the order was issued. It binds any and all parties with possession or control over these donations.”
— Mark Slapinski 🇺🇦 (@MarkSlapinski) February 11, 2022
According to its official account on Gab as well as its Twitter account, GiveSendGo claims there is no jurisdiction over the company in Canadian courts and that Freedom Convoy will receive its funds as normal.
The statement from the company reads: “Know this!” Canada has absolutely ZERO jurisdiction over how we manage our funds here at GiveSendGo. All funds for EVERY campaign on GiveSendGo flow directly to the recipients of those campaigns, not least of which is The Freedom Convoy campaign.”
Know this! Canada has absolutely ZERO jurisdiction over how we manage our funds here at GiveSendGo. All funds for EVERY campaign on GiveSendGo flow directly to the recipients of those campaigns, not least of which is The Freedom Convoy campaign.
— GiveSendGo (@GiveSendGo) February 11, 2022
In order to prevent financial aid from reaching the trucker’s revolt which continues to gain momentum, this is the second attempt to halt the flow of financial aid. GoFundMe, a platform run by leftists, broke its promise to the Freedom Convoy on February 3.
As a result of an outcry from Republican state attorneys general and threats of investigation, GoFundMe backed down and refunded donors instead of redirecting funds to “verified charities.”
As a result, GiveSendGo offered to host Freedom Convoy’s fundraiser. It only took a week for the new fundraiser to raise over $8.6 million.
An online fundraising page set up by the Freedom Convoy organizers states funds will be distributed to truckers as needed for fuel, food, and shelter to help with the cost of their journey.
A court order may prevent the funds from reaching the truckers by way of traditional finance, but funds that are distributed over a decentralized cryptocurrency, such as Bitcoin, cannot be intercepted or frozen by a court order.
Blockchain innovations have even facilitated the possibility of transactions that can’t be tracked by governments. Unlike traditional cryptocurrencies, privacy coins like Monero, ZCash and Pirate Chain offer anonymous transactions by default or can enable anonymous and untraceable transactions.
The protesters, demanding an end to the draconian coronavirus policies, have now blocked border crossings along the Canada-Montana, Canada-North Dakota, and Ambassador Bridge connecting Michigan and Canada, one of the most important trade routes between the U.S. and Canada.
With the revolt of essential workers, the Canadian government has shown itself powerless, and its unity is beginning to crack.
Earlier this week, the province of Alberta ended its state-mandated vaccine passport program – although premier Jason Kenney noted that businesses would still be allowed to mandate vaccines, a response the truckers did not like.
According to footage obtained by Rebel News, Douglas Ford is also planning to announce an end to vaccine passports in Ontario, even as his government seeks to block GiveSendGo’s funds from reaching the truckers.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is being ridiculed every day in parliament, and the liberal party, which he leads, is breaking ranks. In a rebuke to his party leader, Joël Lightbound accused the leadership of taking a decision to “wedge, to divide and to stigmatize” members of the party.
The Biden administration has urged Trudeau to take action against trucker protests, and there are warnings that organized convoys may soon be undertaken in the US and other parts of the world as well.
Macron has deployed armored police vehicles to block the Freedom Convoy from Paris pic.twitter.com/KuHlNA7KJa
— Truckistan Amb. Poso 🏁 (@JackPosobiec) February 11, 2022
— Covid-1984 (@Orwells_Ghost_) February 11, 2022
The White House said on Thursday that Alejandro Mayorkas and Pete Buttigieg had spoken with their Canadian counterparts and urged them to help resolve the standoff. Detailed information about the conversation was not immediately available.
Drew Dilkens, the mayor of Windsor, has increased calls for the use of force to end the blockades, telling CNN that if ‘the protesters don’t leave, there will have to be a path forward.’
‘If that means physically removing them, that means physically removing them, and we’re prepared to do that,’ he declared.
The Ambassador Bridge has been blocked since Monday by truck drivers who have been in the city since the Freedom Convoy arrived on January 23. Two other crossings are currently blocked by protesters, in Alberta and Manitoba.
Despite 85 percent of truckers driving international routes being fully vaccinated, they are protesting Trudeau’s vaccination mandate.
Marco Mendicino, Minister of Public Safety, said reinforcements of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police will be sent to Windsor, Ottawa, and Coutts, Alberta, where there is another border blockade.
Canada’s opposition leaders met virtually with Trudeau late Thursday, and the prime minister said he spoke with Windsor’s mayor.
According to the Trudeau administration, the government is prepared to ‘respond with whatever it takes’ to end the blockade.