ONTARIO, CA – On February 14th, Canada’s deputy prime minister and also minister of finance, Chrystia Freeland, announced that the government is employing their terrorism laws to rope in the likes of crowdfunding platforms (i.e. GiveSendGo) and cryptocurrency transactions – a move clearly in direct response to the peaceful Freedom Convoy protesters.
Freeland laid out how the Canadian government will seemingly use their terrorism laws to go after “crowdfunding platforms” and “payment service providers” for helping raise funds for the peaceful protests ongoing in Ontario.
“We are announcing the following immediate actions. First, we are broadening the scope of Canada’s anti-money laundering and terrorist financing rules so that they cover crowdfunding platforms, and the payment service providers they use.
“These changes cover all forms of transactions, including digital assets, such as cryptocurrencies. The illegal blockades have highlighted the fact that crowdfunding platforms, and some of the payment service providers they use are not fully captured under the proceeds of crime and terrorist financing act.
“Our banks and financial institutions are already obligated to report to the financial transactions and reports analysis center of Canada, or FINTRAC. As of today, all crowdfunding platforms and the payment service providers they use must register with FINTRAC and they must report large and suspicious transactions to FINTRAC.”
It is rather ironic that when truckers peacefully assemble and non-violently protest COVID jab mandates that the Canadian government decides to employ drastic, authoritarian measures – considering this didn’t occur when they had actual violent riots in Montréal in 2020.