Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland announced plans earlier this week that the Canadian government will be taking to impose financial sanctions against protestors and those who support the “illegal blockades,” known as the Freedom Convoy. Freeland added in a panel interview that they will be taking steps to make these sanctions permanent.
The Freedom Convoy was a protest redressing the Canadian government over COVID mandates, but has since quelled when the House of Commons voted to pass, for the first time in the nation’s history, the “Emergencies Act.”
Freeland is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Board of Trustees, according to the WEF’s website. The WEF has come under scrutiny since the release of its “2030 agenda” entitled the “Great Reset,” which has been a term touted by Western leaders like Justin Trudeau.
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In an address, Freeland talks about the financial sanctions levied on protestors, donors of the protest, and corporations that own the vehicles. They will all be subject to financial sanctions under Canada’s emergency act.
“As of today, all crowdfunding platforms, and the payment service providers they use, must register with FINTRAC and must report large and suspicious transactions to FINTRAC (Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada).”
“This will help mitigate the risk that these platforms receive illicit funds; increase the quality and quantity of intelligence received by FINTRAC; and make more information available to support investigations by law enforcement into these illegal blockades,” Freeland said.
Freeland then states that this will effect both personal and corporate accounts.
“The government is issuing an order with immediate effect under the Emergencies Act, authorizing Canadian financial institutions to temporarily cease providing financial services where the institution suspects that an account is being used to further the illegal blockades and occupations. This order covers both personal and corporate accounts.”
During a panel interview on Zoom, Freeland added that the government intends to make some of these powers permanent through legislation.
“Some of those tools we will be putting forward measures to put those tools permanently in place. The authorities of FINTRAC, I believe, do need to be expanded to cover crowdsourcing platforms and payment platforms.”