(LifeSiteNews) –– Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, who last month boasted she is happy she does not “own” a car and bikes instead, was hit with a large fine after she was caught speeding excessively in a rental car in the province of Alberta.
As first reported by The Counter Signal yesterday, Freeland was charged with driving some 42 km/hr (26 mph) over the posted speed limit of 100 km/hr (62 mph).
Yesterday, her office confirmed that she was caught speeding and was subsequently hit with a large fine.
“The Deputy Prime Minister was pulled over for driving 132km/h while traveling between Grande Prairie and Peace River. She received a ticket for $273, which she has paid in full. She was driving a rental car at the time,” said her office in a statement to the press.
Freeland was in Alberta on behalf of her boss, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, to meet with Premier Danielle Smith, who has been battling the federal government over its extreme environmental policies.
Alberta’s Transportation Minister Devin Dreeshen yesterday took to social media to cheekily take a shot at Freeland for speeding in his province.
“In Alberta, it doesn’t matter who you are, speed limits are for everyone,” he wrote on X (formerly Twitter).
Just last month, Freeland boasted to reporters while in Prince Edward Island that she does not own a car, saying she is “an MP from downtown Toronto.”
“I walk, I take the subway,” said Freeland, adding that she makes her kids “walk and ride their bikes and take the subway.”
She made the comments while being pressed by reporters about Canada’s carbon tax on fuel, which has made gasoline and diesel very expensive for many Canadians.
Indeed, regarding her comments about biking, Conservative Party leader Pierre Poilievre took a direct shot at her.
“Freeland’s message to Prince Edward Islanders worried about 61c/litre carbon tax: move to Toronto and get a bike!!!” posted Poilievre on X.
Freeland’s message to Prince Edward Islanders worried about 61c/litre carbon tax: move to Toronto and get a bike!!!
— Pierre Poilievre (@PierrePoilievre) July 28, 2023
Of interesting note regarding this story is that many Canadian mainstream media outlets that reported this story did not credit The Counter Signal for breaking it. This fact was called out by various members of Canada’s independent media.
“Hey @nationalpost, you didn’t break this story. Let’s see some credit for the journalist and outlet who did @TheRealKeean@TheCounterSgnl,” posted Rachel Emmanuel on X.
Just earlier this week LifeSiteNews reported on how Canada’s Department of Finance hired a senior adviser for a top role who is a friend of Freeland, all the while Canadians face ever-increasing costs due to rapidly rising interest rates and persistent inflation.