In Canada, there is a bit of a revolution afoot, and it appears as though even the national government can’t seem to get a hold on it.
It all began with the “Freedom Truckers” – a protesting group who were incensed at a new rule that would force truck drivers to quarantine for 14 days after crossing back into the Canada across the US border. The convoy, which originally parked on the streets of Ottawa, disrupting life in the capital city, has spread from coast to coast, and there are even fears that a similar faction here in the United States could impact the Super Bowl.
So, in a move that has only stoked fears of authoritarianism, the Canadian government has done just about everything in their power to shut down the demonstrations, including order online crowdfunding website to disallow donations to the cause.
One such platform is now flatly refusing to comply.
Christian-owned funding platform GiveSendGo said it would not comply with an order by a Canadian court to freeze over $8.6 million in donated funds destined for the Canadian truckers’ Freedom Convoy 2022, saying the court has no jurisdiction over the U.S-based company.Trending:
The government of the province of Ontario, Canada, led by the ostensibly “conservative” Premier Doug Ford, put in a request with the provincial court to legally freeze the funds — a request that was granted. The Freedom Convoy 2022 campaign has reached $8.6 million with a goal of $16 million to support Canadian truckers as of this writing.
The website did not pull any punches in their response:
Posting from its official Gab account and also on Twitter, GiveSendGo stated that the courts of Canada have no jurisdiction over the company and that the Freedom Convoy will receive its funds as normal. The company’s statement 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.”
The news comes as government authorities in Ottawa begin to consider using military force to remove the protesting truckers.