January 31, 2022
Politicians in Ottawa are plotting to seize the funds raised for the Freedom Convoy on GoFundMe to redistribute them to taxpayers to punish the anti-mandate movement.
As of Monday, the Freedom Convoy has raised about $10 million on GoFundMe to keep them provisioned during their occupation of Ottawa.
But Mathieu Fleury, Ottawa City Councillor of Rideau-Vanier Ward, announced Monday his intention to seize the Freedom Convoy’s funds.
“This morning, I have asked the city manager and city solicitor to immediately launch court proceedings targeting the millions of dollars in funds frozen by @GoFundMe so Ottawa taxpayers are not left holding the bag for these protests,” tweeted Fleury, who has since protected his account.
The email states:
“I want to voice my support for the notion of City initiating actions against the GoFundMe funds to cover City expenses from incidents from the protests. (Police costs, businesses and residents for clean-up, promotion for our City, and messaging to support downtown residents, and funds for local groups who were victimized over the weekend) Please advise on actions we can and will take.”
“Online fundraising for civil liberties causes is becoming an increasing challenge as the platforms themselves, the payment processors, and even hostile government action continue to hamper attempts to fundraise for causes.”
As of writing, the Freedom Convoy has reportedly amassed about 120,000 semi trucks in Canada’s capital to demand embattled Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lift all COVID restrictions, including the vaccine mandates.
"What's the latest?"
"I've heard we've got over a 120k trucks around Ottawa and in Ottawa." pic.twitter.com/4PkK6bLLN8
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) January 31, 2022
Trudeau instead fled Ottawa to an undisclosed location and condemned the Freedom Convoy as “violent” and “hateful” during a televised Monday address.