As Canadians focus on Parliament’s passing of the Federal Emergencies Act this week, the Liberal government is quietly moving to implement an expansion of surveillance power.
Under the EMA, the federal government announced that crowdfunding platforms will now have to comply with Canada’s financial reporting rules. Banks have been authorized to freeze accounts suspected to be involved with the Freedom Convoy blockades.
“These changes cover all forms of transactions, including digital assets such as 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 Financing Act,” said Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland.
“The government is bringing forward legislation to make these changes to Fintrac’s mandate permanent.” There you have it. The implications of such a move are profound. The presentation by Canadian media entirely banal.
Justin Trudeau has invoked legislation to freeze bank accounts and cancel insurance policies without a court order. There is no recourse available for those targeted. Government are planning to make this permanent. Doing so allows the Liberals to freeze bank accounts of citizens they deem to be a threat to their governance.
According to the National Review, Justin Trudeau “is following the example of Democrats in the United States, who have used strategies ranging from securities investigations to insurance regulation to punish political enemies.”
All of which conjures up a critical question: why is today the day that Parliament in Canada are voting on passing the EMA? The protesters have gone home. Roads and bridges have been unclogged. Is there are purpose to the passing which falls outside the parameters of the Truckers Convoy itself?
There darn well could be. Time and again we witness the fine art of subterfuge emanating from Team Trudeau. Perhaps the ultimate purpose is control of over private citizens finances, and not the protest itself.
If so, what we have here is validation of a well-worn “conspiracy theory” premise. Justin Trudeau is transitioning our country from democracy to dictatorship. Government and media report that the protests are illegal. This is technically false, though some of the protesters have broken the law by blocking public roads and the like.
An obvious parallel is found in the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests in Canada, which included incidents of law-breaking. Trudeau did not invoke the Emergencies Measures Act to suppress those protests, even though they brought together large crowds during a dangerous phase of the Covid-19 epidemic.
Far from shutting down the BLM protests, PM Trudeau and Cabinet Member MP Ahmed Hussen took part in the processions. What can be learned from their hypocrisy? How about the idea that Canada in 2022 is not ruled by law– it is ruled by ideology. When the scenario fits the woke Liberal weltanschauung, government provide a thumbs-up. The contrary brings scorn, social chaos and accusations of racism. It sounds like a replica of life in a communist society.
After which CBC, CTV, Toronto Star and Globe & Mail pronounce the EMA as an application of democracy. Don’t you know, fellow Canadians? This is “Liberalism” in its penultimate form. Not.
The Canadian Anti-terrorism Act was originally passed by Parliament in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States. Canada’s anti-terrorist laws were created in reaction to a wave of international terrorism. The attacks on the World Trade Center, attributed to mastermind Osama bin Laden, served as its catalyst.
Since then, the Canadian government has banned over fifty-two terrorist organizations. They include Al Qaeda, Taliban, Armed Islamic Group, International Sikh Youth Federation, Hamas, and Hezbollah. Can Justin Trudeau freeze the bank accounts of Hamas? Not likely. But he can do so for innocent Canadians citizens. What a revelation it is. Or would be, if legacy media did not hide the concept from the general public.
Anti-terror laws created to address Islamic terrorism are now being applied to working class Canadians. The application is even more stringent toward our people than terrorists from Al Qaeda and the Taliban. Justin Trudeau, what have you done to our country?