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‘You should be worried,’ justice minister told Tories who donated to trucker protests

Canada’s Justice Minister David Lametti told Donald Trump supporters who donated to the ongoing Freedom Convoy trucker protests that they “need to worry” on the freezing of their bank accounts. Lametti said his government was considering expanding the emergency powers put in place to break up protests.

In a CTV interview on Wednesday, Lametti was asked: “A lot of people say, ‘Look, I just don’t like your vaccination mandates and I donated to this, now it’s illegal, should I be worried the bank might freeze my account? What is your answer to this?

The Minister of Justice replied: “Well, I think if you’re a member of a pro-Trump movement that’s donating hundreds of thousands of dollars and millions of dollars to this sort of thing, then you should be worried.”

Lametti did not specify whether he was talking about accounts owned by Americans or Canadians, or whether he was talking about targeting only large donors, or small donors whose contributions have run into the millions. Asked if a “Canadian citizen who donated $500 to him” should worry, Lametti dodged the question and threatened to suspend the trucking licenses of transportation companies whose vehicles were used in the protests.

Thanks to emergency powers introduced Monday by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Canadian banks can freeze the accounts of people suspected of donating to the Freedom Convoy protests. The unprecedented invocation of the Emergencies Act came as truckers congested the center of Canada’s capital, Ottawa, for a third consecutive week, and drivers blocked several critical border crossing points between states United States and Canada.

Border blockades have since been lifted and police in Ottawa on Wednesday threatened with arrest protesters who refuse to leave and seize their vehicles.

Lametti told CTV that the Emergency Measures Act, which expires in a month, could be extended. “If it expires within 30 days and we are able to say that the safety and security of Canadians is assured, we will let it expire. If we have to renew it, we will, but hopefully it won’t. he said.

While the protests were originally aimed at getting the Trudeau government to suspend a mandate requiring all border truckers to be vaccinated against Covid-19, they have since turned into a protest against government restrictions on coronaviruses in general, some participants demanding Trudeau’s resignation.

Although Trudeau has shown no intention of abandoning the mandate, some of Canada’s provincial leaders have abandoned their own policies on masks and vaccines, including Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and the Premier of Ontario Doug Ford.

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