OTTAWA, Ontario (LifeSiteNews) — A top Canadian government public safety manager has claimed without any evidence that the truckers involved in the Freedom Convoy were a threat to “social cohesion” by spreading “disinformation” online.
According to Blacklock’s Reporter, Ryan Schwartz, who is an acting director-general for Canada’s Department of Public Safety’s cybersecurity branch, claimed truckers’ use of the web was unruly.
Schwartz said that “an area worth examining” from the “recent blockades in February” are the effects “of misinformation and disinformation which can cascade across social media platforms.”
He continued saying such “disinformation” can be used “to incite certain responses, shall we say, that have negative and disruptive consequences.”
“Misinformation and disinformation is something that can have very strong destabilizing effects from a critical infrastructure stability and reliability perspective, but also in terms of social cohesion,” claimed Schwartz.
He then noted that is “something as well that I think I would like to flag to the committee.”
Despite his claims, Schwartz was not able to show any examples of misinformation or disinformation, nor did he say what the term “social cohesion” meant.
Schwartz’s boss Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino had made repeated claims that some of the truckers were criminals with violent intentions, despite offering no evidence.
Mendicino also alleged that several of the truckers were rapists, despite no evidence.
In reality, the three-week protests held in February in Ottawa demanding an end to all COVID mandates were peaceful and non-violent.
It was only after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau enacted the Emergencies Act on February 14 that issues arose once police started to clear the protesters out.
Indeed, on February 18 an elderly woman was nearly killed after being trampled by police horses that charged through a crowd of protesters.
Many claims regarding the Freedom Convoy by the mainstream media and the Trudeau Liberals have proven to be false.
Reports that protesters had started a fire were incorrect, and just recently, a top official with Canada’s Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said there is no evidence of any links to terrorist activity in the funding of the Freedom Convoy.
Trudeau had used the claims of terrorism as one reason to enact the EA.
Ottawa Police Service interim chief Steve Bell recently acknowledged that no loaded firearms were seized in Ottawa during last month’s police takedown of the trucker Freedom Convoy.
The EA was revoked on February 23.
Trudeau’s use of the EA gave the federal government unparalleled powers, such as the ability to freeze bank accounts even without a court order.
Canadian mainstream media, backed with government funding, were caught spreading fake news about the Freedom Convoy.