Canada threatens to freeze pro-Trump bank accounts — Analysis
‘You should be worried,’ justice minister tells conservatives who donated to trucker protests
Canada’s Justice Minister David Lametti has told supporters of Donald Trump who donated to the ongoing Freedom Convoy trucker protests that they “should be worried”Ask about freezing their bank accounts. Lametti stated that his government may extend emergency powers to end the protests.
Lametti was asked these questions in a Wednesday interview by CTV: “A lot of folks say, ‘Look, I just don’t like your vaccine mandates and I donated to this, now it’s illegal, should I be worried that the bank can freeze my account?’ What’s your answer to that?”
Justice Minister: “Well, I think if you are a member of a pro-Trump movement who’s donating hundreds of thousands of dollars and millions of dollars to this kind of thing, then you oughta be worried.”
Lametti failed to clarify whether Lametti meant accounts that belong to Americans or Canadians. He also did not say whether Lametti was only referring to large or small donors who have contributed millions. When Lametti was asked if he meant to say that he had a question, he did not answer. “Canadian citizen who donated 500 bucks to it”Lametti avoided the question, and threatened to suspend trucking licenses for haulage firms whose trucks were used in protests.
Canadian banks are now able to block the accounts of anyone who is suspected of supporting the Freedom Convoy protests because of the emergency powers that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduced on Monday. As truckers blocked the centre of Ottawa, blocking several border crossings between the US and Canada for the third consecutive week, the Emergencies Act was invoked in an unprecedented manner.
Police in Ottawa reported that the border blocking has been lifted. threatened to arrestDemonstrators who resist leaving and take their cars.
Lametti said to CTV, that the Emergencies Act which is due to expire in one month could be extended. “If it runs out at the 30 days and we’re in the position to say that the safety and security of Canadians is assured, we’ll let it expire. If we have to renew it, we will, but I’m hoping that is not the case,”He stated.
While the protests were originally aimed at getting Trudeau’s government to suspend a mandate requiring all border-crossing truckers to be vaccinated against Covid-19, they have since morphed into a demonstration against the government’s coronavirus restrictions in general, with some participants demanding Trudeau’s resignation.
Although Trudeau has shown no intent of scrapping the mandate, some of Canada’s provincial leaders have dropped their own mask and vaccine policies, including Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and Ontario Premier Doug Ford.
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