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OTTAWA, Ontario (LifeSiteNews) – Canadian bank executives have disclosed that millions of dollars were indeed withdrawn from credit unions shortly after the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau authorized the freezing of bank accounts linked to the trucker Freedom Convoy.  

According to Blacklock’s Reporter, Martha Durdin, CEO of the Canadian Credit Union Association, told the House of Commons finance committee in early March that “in the early days, there was some degree of panic among some Canadians that their accounts may be frozen.” 

Durdin noted that many of their “members expressed this concern, and many Canadians made significant withdrawals from credit unions as a result.” 

“Sometimes in the hundreds of thousands, and on a few occasions in the millions of dollars,” added Durdin.  

Durdin noted that many Canadians felt surprised “the government had that authority (to freeze people’s bank accounts),” but noted that the withdrawals did not “raise liquidity issues at all for credit unions.” 

“Staff had to manage many very unhappy members,” added Durdin, noting credit unions had to answer many questions “under what circumstances the government can freeze accounts.” 

“Many Canadians felt surprised,” she said.   

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GoFundMe has been called on the carpet by Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for what he described in a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) as possible engagement in potentially unfair or deceptive acts or practices.

After the BigTech crowdfunding giant summarily and seemingly arbitrarily shut down the page for the Canadian Freedom Convoy just as donations reached $10 million, Sen. Cruz sent the letter to FTC Chairwoman Lina Khan asking for the federal agency to investigate.

Please SIGN, SHARE and SUPPORT this petition to the FTC to investigate GoFundMe for potential "unfair or deceptive acts or practices."

One of the main focuses of his letter is fairness.

How can GoFundMe shut down fundraising for an entirely peaceful protest by Canadian Truckers, while, to cite just one example, having allowed the fundraiser for the "Capitol Hill Occupied Protest" in Seattle during the BLM/Antifa riots in the summer of 2020 to continue?

All freedom-loving people should be rightly suspicious that GoFundMe seems to apply one standard to fundraising for liberal causes, and another, far more stringent standard for conservative causes, which can effectively stop conservatives from expressing their support of a cause financially.

If this is true, it is unfair - and, undemocratic - and needs to be stopped immediately. And, that's why GoFundMe must be investigated now!

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GoFundMe says that their terms and conditions were violated because of false claims in the media that the Canadian Freedom Convoy protests had turned violent.

But, this is simply untrue, as there has been absolutely no riotous behavior (this is Canada after all, eh).

Clearly, Ottawa is not Seattle. Ottawa is not Portland.

In fact, the Ottawa police department said that there had been only 7 arrests, for minor violations, among throngs of tens of thousands - and, organizers of the Truckers Freedom Convoy have stated that their people had nothing to do with those arrests.

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While conservatives hate the idea of more government regulation, they hate the idea of losing their right to protest in support of freedom even more.

Smug BigTech companies should not be allowed to kill the momentum of peaceful causes they (or, their peers in Silicon Valley or Washington, DC) don't like.

Simply put, conservative causes on the GoFundMe platform must be held to exactly the same standard as liberal causes. If they are not, then the government must intervene to regulate GoFundMe, or shut them down.

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The general counsel for the Canadian Bankers Association Angelina Mason told the finance committee on March 7, as reported by Blacklock’s Reporter, that there were some “anecdotal stories” of some sudden withdrawals, but they were not of “significance.”  

Trudeau claimed the Freedom Convoy protesters were funded by foreign entities with ties to terrorist-linked financing. This reasoning was used as justification for Trudeau to enact the Emergencies Act (EA) against them on February 14. It was revoked on February 23.  

His use of the EA gave the federal government unparalleled powers, such as the ability to freeze bank accounts, even without a court order. Many accounts were frozen; however, they were done so under the orders of police who then contacted banks. 

According to the Department of Finance, some 206 to 210 bank accounts were frozen, with a total combined value of $7.8 million, from a police blacklist of 257 accounts.  

A top official with Canada’s Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) recently said there is no evidence of any links to terrorist activity in the funding of the trucker Freedom Convoy. 

The Freedom Convoy for three weeks in late January to early February protested in the nation’s capital of Ottawa, demanding an end to all COVID mandates, before being forced out by police armed with extraordinary powers given to them by the EA. 

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) is currently suing the Canadian federal government under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for its abuse of the EA, which was used to quash the Freedom Convoy.

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