A court located in Ontario, Canada ruled to freeze donations given to those participating in the Freedom Convoy protest.
The convoy, which is estimated to be around 50,000 strong, is largely comprised of truckers who are opposing the government’s demand to comply with restrictive COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
At the time of this writing, over $8 million has been donated to the Freedom Convoy through “GiveSendGo.” This, after the initial donation campaign, was removed from “GoFundMe” platform.
The Ontario court has ruled to freeze all donations given to the Freedom Convoy, making it a criminal offense to provide financial assistance to truckers who want to limit the government’s interference into one’s ability to make a living.
BREAKING: The Ontario government says it has effectively frozen all donations made to the trucker convoy through GiveSendGo. It is now a criminal offence to have any “dealing” with money from donations through this platform. pic.twitter.com/EhWWqe1V6J
— Andrew Lawton (@AndrewLawton) February 10, 2022
The court’s decision was later confirmed by CBC news. The article stated the ruling is intended “to prohibit anyone from distributing donations made through the website’s ‘Freedom Convoy 2022’ and ‘Adopt-a-Trucker’ campaign pages.”
This is the section of the criminal code that the Ford government is using to freeze the funds.
Note, they have been frozen, not seized at this point, in accordance with a ruling today by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. #cdnpoli #onpoli #FreedomConvoy2022 #FreedomConvoy pic.twitter.com/xWMsi9x6MW
— Brian Lilley (@brianlilley) February 10, 2022
In light of this decision, the GiveSendGo platform took to Twitter to clarify its stance on the matter saying, “Know this! Canada has absolutely ZERO jurisdiction over how we manage our funds here at GiveSendGo. All funds for EVERY campaign on GiveSendGo flow directly to the recipients of those campaigns, not least of which is The Freedom Convoy campaign.”
Know this! Canada has absolutely ZERO jurisdiction over how we manage our funds here at GiveSendGo. All funds for EVERY campaign on GiveSendGo flow directly to the recipients of those campaigns, not least of which is The Freedom Convoy campaign.
— GiveSendGo (@GiveSendGo) February 11, 2022