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OTTAWA (LifeSiteNews) — Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland massively overstated the potential economic losses associated with the closure of the Windsor, Ontario border during the “Freedom Convoy” movement, according to internal documents.

In sections of government documents published by Blacklock’s Reporter, Freeland – who serves as the nation’s finance minister as well as deputy prime minister  publicly exaggerated the economic impact, seemingly as an attempt to pit the public against the protesters.

“The blockade of the Ambassador Bridge has affected about $390 million in trade each day,” Freeland said the day the Emergencies Act was announced, which Blacklock’s now revealed is an “extreme case” and not reality. “This bridge supports 30 percent of all trade by road between Canada and the United States.”

Despite the misleading nature of the remarks, Freeland doubled down and said that “these costs are real” and that Canadians would become poorer as a result of the protests at the border.

The closures, she said, “threaten[ed] the livelihoods of Canadian workers.”

According to a Department of Transport memo, total trade in 2021 averaged about $390 million per day, meaning Freeland’s figure would only be true if the total number was divided by the number of days, which is not representative of the actual funds lost due to the six days of closures in 2022.

The extreme end of predictions about funds that could have been lost was based on a scenario wherein the automotive sector would shut down, which it did not.

Even in the extreme hypothetical case with a complete automotive sector shutdown, losses would total $161 million per day, less than half the figure cited by Freeland.

Freeland repeatedly appealed to economic closures due to protests as a reason to enact the Emergencies Act, which under her purview as finance minister, included the freezing of bank accounts belonging to protesters without a court order.

“What we are facing today is a threat to our democratic institutions, to our economy and to peace, order and good government in Canada,” said Freeland at the time. “This is unacceptable. It cannot stand and it will not stand.”

When Freeland was asked by Senator Claude Carignan during a June 14 testimony at the Special Joint Committee on the Declaration of Emergency, “Do you have figures when it comes to giving us data on the economic impact?” She replied, “I have many figures in my head,” but failed to provide a concrete answer.