U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- In 2020, Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau extinguished the property rights of law-abiding Canadians at the stroke of a pen. By a unilateral Order in Council – passed without parliamentary debate or a vote – he declared that thousands of previously lawful models of semiautomatic guns and variants were illegal “military-grade assault weapons.” Such weapons, he said, “were designed for one purpose and one purpose only, to kill the largest number of people in the shortest amount of time. There is no use and no place for such weapons in Canada… So, effective immediately, it is no longer permitted to buy, sell, transport, import, or use military-grade assault weapons in this country.”
Farmers, hunters, sport shooters, and collectors in possession of these guns – impliedly all condemned as potential mass murderers – were henceforth prohibited from further use of any gun on the prohibited list. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has since added thousands of additional makes and models to the list as “variants” of the banned firearms. The only recourse for owners who wish to avoid criminal prosecution is to surrender their property to the government or hope that the Liberal government makes good on its promises of a “grandfathering” option.
Now, Justin Trudeau has again reached for the heaviest and biggest stick he can find, to quell a peaceful protest against the federal government’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
Effective January 15, 2022, his government decreed that “unvaccinated Canadian truck drivers entering Canada will need to meet requirements for pre-entry, arrival and Day 8 testing, as well as quarantine requirements.” Drivers, the federal transport minister stated, “must now get the shot or stop driving over the border.”
Truckers responded with a cross-Canada “Freedom Convoy 2022” to seek a lifting of the mandate, with one stream heading to Parliament in Ottawa and others at points like Coutts, Alberta. Significantly, the protest is not against the COVID vaccines – indeed, over 85% of truckers have had the jab – but against the government action that gives these workers (and others) no choice if they wish to continue to provide for themselves and their families.
Trudeau had previously described unvaccinated Canadians as persons who “don’t believe in science/progress and are very often misogynistic and racist,” musing, “as a leader and as a country, …Do we tolerate these people?” In a similar “basket of deplorables” turn of phrase, he dismissed convoy participants as “the small fringe minority of people who are on their way to Ottawa, who are holding unacceptable views that they are expressing.”
One measure of the “fringe minority’s” popular support was the response to a GoFundMe campaign to help with the truckers’ costs of fuel, food and lodgings. The campaign reached over CAD$10M in donations in two weeks before being abruptly shut down on February 4. GoFundMe announced this was due to “evidence from law enforcement that the previously peaceful demonstration has become an occupation, with police reports of violence and other unlawful activity,” after “multiple discussions with local law enforcement and city officials.” The funds would be distributed to “credible and established charities” selected by the sponsors, but after an immediate outcry, GoFundMe agreed to automatically refund all donations. GiveSendGo, the alternative crowdfunding site set up for the Freedom Convoy, quickly reached millions of dollars.
Demonstrations are protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which guarantees the fundamental freedoms of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication; freedom of association; and freedom of peaceful assembly. Trudeau had earlier gone on the record to express his approval and support over a similar protest that had shut down New Delhi, India for months, saying, “Canada will always be ready to defend the right to peaceful protest.”
The truckers’ protest has been largely peaceful. Days into the protest, Ottawa Police Chief Peter Sloly advised that, contrary to reports, there had been “no injuries, no deaths, no riots,” despite “tens of thousands” of actively demonstrating individuals in the city. As of February 10, two weeks into the demonstration, there had been only 25 arrests for criminal offenses like mischief (providing gas to the protesters), resisting police, drug possession, and transportation of fuel.
An Ontario court had granted a civil injunction against honking truck and air horns that otherwise left the defendants “at liberty to engage in a peaceful, lawful and safe protest.” Sworn affidavits filed in that action by residents describe truckers who have “at all times, been friendly, courteous, humble, considerate and peaceful,” who were “feeding the homeless on Wellington Street and filling their backpacks with food,” and “maintaining the cleanliness of city streets, including picking up discarded masks on the ground, centralized garbage collection, shoveling snow,” and looking after nearby monuments. Reporters onsite (here and here) confirm that there has been no violence, vandalism, or “extremist political agenda” on display. A Newsweek columnist writes that “[c]ountless trucker convoy participants and supporters are Black,” and “appropriate for the month of February,” “the trucker convoy is actually a Black history moment.”
Prime Minister Trudeau has not met with or directly engaged with the protesters to judge for himself, instead taking the unprecedented step of unilaterally invoking the federal Emergencies Act and declaring a “public order emergency” on Valentine’s Day. This law, which has never been used before, authorizes extraordinary government measures that threaten civil rights.
The legislation and procedures involved are complex, but the act defines a “public order emergency” as one “that arises from threats to the security of Canada and that is so serious as to be a national emergency,” being an urgent crisis that either “seriously endangers the lives, health or safety of Canadians” or “seriously threatens the ability of the Government of Canada to preserve the sovereignty, security and territorial integrity of Canada,” that cannot be effectively addressed using any other federal law. “Threats to the security of Canada” do not include “lawful advocacy, protest or dissent” absent threats or use of acts of serious violence, espionage, sabotage, or anything directed toward undermining the government by covert unlawful acts.
Two of the protests (at the Ambassador Bridge and Coutts) had already been dispersed peacefully, indicating that existing law enforcement powers were effective and that the intended target of the new federal measures was likely the protest in Ottawa.
While the declaration is in effect, the federal government may regulate or prohibit “any public assembly that may reasonably be expected to lead to a breach of the peace,” regulate or prohibit “the use of any specified property” or travel within a specified area, and authorize or direct “any person, or any person of a class of persons, to render essential services of a type that that person, or a person of that class, is competent to provide” (for instance, to compel tow-truck operators to seize, remove and store a vehicle used in the protest).
Ottawa police, as evidenced by a February 4 tweet, had already taken credit for the cancellation of the GoFundMe campaign (“We want to thank @gofundme for listening to our concerns as a City and a police service. The decision to withhold funding for these unlawful demonstrations is an important step and we call on all crowdfunding sites to follow”), and on February 10, the Ontario government obtained a restraint order to freeze the new GiveSendGo accounts. This would prohibit any person “from disposing of, or otherwise dealing with, in any manner whatsoever, any and all monetary donations made through the Freedom Convoy 2022 … on the GiveSendGo online fundraising platform.” The order was based on s. 490.8 of the Criminal Code, which allows ex parte applications alleging indictable offences and “offence-related property,” including property located outside of Canada. A violation of the order is a hybrid offense; if charged as an indictable crime, the offender is liable to imprisonment for up to five years.
However, concurrent with the Emergencies Act invocation, the Deputy Prime Minister-Minister of Finance, referring to the “threat to our democratic institutions,” announced additional “immediate actions.” The government would be “following the money” by “broadening the scope of Canada’s anti-money laundering and terrorist financing rules so that they cover crowdfunding platforms and the payment servers providers they use… These changes cover all forms of transactions, including digital assets [crypto currencies]… 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 Financial Act.” All crowdfunding platforms, and the payment service providers they use, “must register” with the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (Canada’s financial intelligence agency) and “must report large and suspicious transactions.” Financial institutions were authorized to cease providing financial services where the institution suspects a personal or corporate account is being used “to further the illegal blockades and occupations.” These institutions were “urged to review their relationships with anyone involved in the illegal blockades, and report to the RCMP or CSIS [Canadian Security Intelligence Service].” Banks and other institutions could “immediately freeze or suspend an account without court order,” with no resulting civil liability if the financial institution acted in good faith. In case anyone missed the point, this meant if “your truck is being used in these illegal blockades, your corporate accounts will be frozen. The insurance on your vehicle will be suspended.”
On February 17, the Deputy Prime Minister confirmed that information about “individuals and entities, as well as cryptowallets” funding the Freedom Convoy had been shared between the RCMP and financial institutions. Accounts had been frozen and “more accounts will be frozen.” As yet, it is not certain that contributions and support made before the government declared these acts illegal won’t be swept in and punished retroactively.
The Ottawa Police Service has already notified protesters that vehicles and property may be seized, driver’s licenses and commercial vehicle operator registrations suspended or cancelled, and personal and business bank accounts (including virtual currency) “subject to examination and restriction,” apparently without a court order or other due process safeguards. Anyone who brings their child to the protest site may be charged and fined up to $5000 and potentially spend up to five years in prison. The delivery of fuel or other supplies to the protesters is also a crime.
Justin Trudeau maintains that these measures are “reasonable and proportionate” to the threats they are meant to address.
Four provincial premiers opposed the use of the Emergencies Act. Civil rights groups – the Justice Centre, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), the Canadian Democracy Fund, and the Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF) – condemned the suppression of peaceful protests and non-violent acts of civil disobedience, and the failure to meet the high threshold in the statute. According to the Justice Centre, the declaration was “unjustified by Ottawa facts and reality” – “truckers in Ottawa sitting in hot tubs by their trucks do not ‘seriously threaten the ability of the Government of Canada to preserve the sovereignty, security and territorial integrity of Canada.’”
On February 17, the CCF advised it would be bringing a legal challenge to what it called the unconstitutional use of the Emergencies Act: “The federal government has invoked the Emergencies Act as a matter of political convenience. This is illegal and violates the rule of law.” The CCLA also announced it was taking the government of Canada to court. “Protest is how people in a democracy express and share their political messages of all kinds… Many protests are disruptive. It is possible for a gathering to be both disruptive and also peaceful and nonviolent.” The government’s unprecedented emergency declaration “seriously infringes the Charter rights of Canadians.”
Regardless of whether the government and the banks come down on them, donors to the Freedom Convoy (in Canada and the U.S.)already have reason to fear repercussions to their employment, businesses, and personal safety. After the GiveSendGo website was hacked on February 13, information about thousands of donors was made public, leading to what one newspaper called “an increasingly ugly witch hunt as donors (or even just people peripherally connected to them) are threatened, fired or driven out of business.”
The situation continues to develop, but it is apparent that this is no longer about COVID or the mandates. With bank accounts frozen, the prohibition of the “unlawful activity” of demonstration, police checkpoints throughout Ottawa, the rounding up and arrest of peaceful protesters, and threats to journalists covering the police enforcement actions, it’s really about the kind of democracy Justin Trudeau’s government feels is appropriate for Canadians.
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This is government run a muck. This is tyranny. This is what happens when you elect a socialist government. Remember when he supported blm? China? Remember when he outlawed “assault” weapons? Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Hitler did this, stalin did this, mao did this, pol pot did this, chavez did this, obama did this biden is doing this. And the world lived happily ever after right? No, history tells us the opposite.
There will be a reckoning
Arm up and carry on
I have some friends that were making a delivery to Montreal last Fri not only were they stopped but they were pulled out of their truck and beaten for doing nothing more than making a delivery to the food depot in Montreal. There are things that are happening that are not making the news, that trudeau has in all ways become a communist dictator,
I am sad to hear this,but, sadly not surprised. If they are stopping and beating people just bringing in food what will happen next? What won’t they do? I am worried this mess will get a lot worse before it gets better. It may well get to blood. It may well take a revolution to make thing right again. People have the right of human rights and governments exist only at the leave of the people. Trudeau has become a dictator.
Arm up and carry on
“they were pulled out of their truck and beaten”
Who beat them?
It was the public school math teachers. They kept shouting “You do the math!”
I’m surprised it wasn’t enforcers screaming:
“Freeze! Respect my authority!”
And then, when the private sector employee raise his hands over his head, they beat him for not “freezing.”
police dont like the fact most around the world are bad, leos have the right to beat up anyone they choose
Lets see how the Biden administration handles American Truck Drivers in the land of the free and the home of the brave .
Didn’t read the article, but saw a headline about national guard being called out. So guess that may be the US answer to peaceful protests which are not fiery.
The state police of various states will likely shut it down before it gets to D.C.:
Did you read the comment from Maryland state police? While I’d suspect they may step up enforcement, their stated plan is to insure free flow of traffic. As convoy is simply driving through, only impact should be a blip in congestion. It is not illegal to stop on the freeway if stuck in traffic – so truly no reason for MSP to harass members of the convoy. Like you, I suspect they will not be 100% friendly – it is not helpful to assume they will be trying to stop it. You are doing the same as democrats, working to… Read more »
Yes, I did, Finnky. I suspect they intend to ensure a free flow of traffic by not allowing the truckers to protest. Something does not need to be illegal for the enforcers to ruin your day. If they order the truckers to “move” and the truckers don’t move quickly enough, they could be arrested. They may beat the rap, but they won’t beat the ride. The process is the punishment. “You are doing the same as democrats, working to segment society and drive wedges between people. While violent enforcement or any enforcement of unconstitutional laws is grounds to oppose certain… Read more »
They are erecting fences, showing their fear of their own people. Let’s go Brandon.
Remember there is a larger plan of action in play. The people’s reaction will always be the cause for our governments reaction. We are getting closer to one party government everyday in the United States. Socialism happened during the Obama years while most never took notice.
https://thepeoplesconvoy.org/ 2/23 Godspeed God Bless
Adolph Justin Hitler Trudeau is leaving his mark on Canadian history . He is showing Canadian’s what a police state looks like . This is Canada’s future if they don’t unload the little tyrant that reminds me of a puked up french fry !
And it is OUR future if people don’t wake up.
The problem is we are headed the same way because of the swamp monsters we have in office as well. Remember that the biden is about as far left as one can get, andthe biden is ax bad if not worse than the trudeau, I expect when the truckers start their drive the biden will u leash the national guard with orders to shoot to kill, just watch what happens over the next week and a half. Things are going to get crazy weird in a short amount of time.
The aggressiveness, disrespect, and violence toward the
citizenssubjects of Canada by their police is shocking. This shows the true nature of the modern liberal and the irony of Trudeau mocking conservatives for Nazi sympathies. Maybe hypocrisy would be a better word than irony.
It shows something else as well, but it’s unpopular to discuss that here (because the same thing happens in many parts of the U.S.).
“They” are angry.
“They” are accustomed to using force instead of discussing how their actions play a critical role in where we have been headed for a long time.
“They” could help change things, but “they” just dig their heels in and demand their authority be respected.
I do believe the First Amendment is under even greater attack than the 2nd.
The whole of the Bill Of Righrs is under attack, take a look at some of the traffic stops that are being made, the police or any other law enforcement agency will strip search your car with provocation or need, and if you refuse them in your house they take that as probable cause and do a forced search, or they do a no knock warrant and come in shooting.
In many way we are worse off than canada.
I don’t know why you would be shocked. It’s happened millions of times throughout history. Aggressiveness and violence toward citizens is always carried out by the enforcers. Politicians would have absolutely zero power if it weren’t for people willing to do their dirty work.
“Trudeau Wants Two Weeks to Flatten Your Rights”
I’ve heard people in hell want ice water.
Here’s hoping Justin becomes just as disappointed as they are.
hope next prime minister jails that pos and fires the police that followed orders to violate peoples rights
American Truckers are launching The People’s Convoy, a peaceful and unified transcontinental movement, on February 23 from Adelanto Stadium in Southern California ADELANTO, Calif., (Feb. 20, 2022) American truckers are launching The People’s Convoy, a peaceful and unified transcontinental movement, on Wednesday, February 23, 2022, from the Adelanto Stadium in Southern California. Starting at 10:00 a.m., hundreds of truckers will hear words of encouragement and blessings from a group of speakers including FLCCC President Dr. Pierre Kory and Godspeak Church Pastor Rob McCoy. The truckers and blue-collar workers of the United States will be joined by freedom-loving supporters from all… Read more »
Canadians just seem to roll over when freedoms are outlawed. Snowflakes, literally and figuratively.
Not so fast. It ain’t over yet.
Get ready, too,because this won’t stay north of the 49th.
Justin Castreau is definitely headed into Ceausescu territory.
All heil the great leader! </sarc>
Thanks, but the downvotes are a badge of honor for triggering the liberty-hating communist lurkers in here! Their day of reckoning is fast approaching! Resistance to socialist subversion is not futile!
That would be “Wild Bill”
Nope, you guessed wrong. Not that it is any of your business how one votes.
Saw avid over the weekend of a woman who came into adulthood in Romania when Ceaucescu was in power. She related in detail what heppened to this rotter and his wife, as they tried to flee once the ship hit the span and the public nad been roused totake action. Seems when Da Head Cheese decided things were getting tight ordered his miliatry to fly them out in a chopper as the mobs were pressing in. Frs tpilot refused, got shot for his opinion. The second one said OK< thye took off, he flew toward the border as ordered. then… Read more »
There are three (3) main political parties in Kanada. As of the 2021 federal election, Trudeau’s Liberals hold power but only in a minority. This means that the so-called “Emergency” act cannot be invoked without support from another political party. The New Democratic Party aka, the NDP has supported & continues to prop up Despot Trudeau & his totalitarian thugs in this whole nefarious affair. NDP = hard Left ideas. Meanwhile, the conservatives-in-name-only party, the Conservative Party of Canada has been mostly silent & ineffective, while Draconian Doug Fords’ PC majority gov’t in Ontario has aided & abetted the Trudeau… Read more »
“Demonstrations are protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms” What people fail to realize is that, unlike the United States Bill of Rights, the Charter is a grant of rights and freedoms by the government. Anything the government grants you it can just as easily take away. We have just seen today that the Ukrainian government has decided to grant the right to bear arms to their citizens. You can be sure at some point down the road, they will revoke that grant when it suits them. Can’t have your citizens walking around with too many rights and… Read more »
What else would you expect from Fidel Castro’s illegitimate son!
oskwell last night had a powerful video iconversatioin between Jordan Peterson and an older gent whose name I cannot recall on what is going on in canada now. Both are VERY aware of the history both haveing met and had dealings with Trudeau Senior, (Pierre # 2 and one of them Pierre #1) Their understanidng of Canada’s history and government are remakratle. Go to R
Rockwell’s site (his name dot com) yesterday’s post will be the new one, I think this was one of the first three pieces. Worth the watch. VERY insightful and informative.
WTF is happening to this site, Ammoland?
Have you been hacked? Cannot do an upvote to counter the Commie downvotes!
However, if your finger even gets near the downvote button it registered a downvote while trying to upvote!!!
Nah, that would be the all seeing Govt keeping a close eye on you. They watching me too. lol
They (the truckers) were heroes when you needed them now they’re zeros?
I hope you’re happy and hungry.
Castrudeau is a fraud & Canadian De-MOCK-cracy is as well. So is American De-MOCK-cracy. Dominion Voting machines made in China. Deep State Freemasonry runs & manages the Circus. Media is simply a mass hypnosis Psy Op tool. Can’t make people read or think for themselves.
The Ruling hierarchy system would prefer a Civil War to do the killing for them. Much, much easier to cover up.
Joseph Stalin already told humanity at large it’s who counts the votes that matters.
What are your thoughts about the decorated police officers (of the RCMP and Ottawa Police Service) who placed their lives on the line daily as do all law-abiding officers to enforce the law? Many of the people who broke these vax laws and other people-control laws found themselves in a court of law, but first found themselves in a cage.
Do you thank these officers for their service?
Do you think people should be polite to them?
[For those who cannot detect blatant sarcasm, the above is blatant sarcasm.]
I Understand following orders as a police officer this goes without question. A man or a women officer can resign if her or she has contempt for the orders given. When it comes to the military it is not that easy to walk away from your mission. I think we should be polite yes always it is just easier if you raise your voice you are not getting your point across. This does not mean that you do not stand up for yourself. If you look at the American truckers they have plan 2/23 well thought out and I will… Read more »
“I Understand following orders as a police officer this goes without question.”
Yes, I realize you “understand” that behavior.
Is selected date (223) indicative of preparations for possible needed self defense?