Canadian Prime Minister to Freeze Bank Accounts of Freedom Protesters

Canadian Prime Minister to Freeze Bank Accounts of Freedom Protesters

( – Canada’s prime minister is trying to push through unprecedented emergency powers, as trucker-led protests against his harsh COVID regulations continue to gain support.

On February 15, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked the Emergencies Act against the Freedom Convoy protesters in Ottawa and other cities. Trudeau insists this step is reasonable and proportionate, although it’s the first time the 1988 law has ever been invoked.


Trudeau plans to use the Emergencies Act to freeze the bank accounts of protesters, in the hope this will force them to give up and go home. Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said the law also allows the government to suspend protesters’ vehicle insurance. Freeland added the government is expanding terrorist financing laws to cover crowdfunding platforms – where the protesters have been raising money – and cryptocurrencies.

While all major Canadian political parties have called for the protests to end, Trudeau’s latest attempt to crack down on the Freedom Convoy could face pushback. He has implemented the Emergencies Act with immediate effect, but it still needs to be approved by both the House of Commons and the Senate within a week. Conservative Party leader Candice Bergen says the Act could inflame the situation rather than help it, while Quebec Premier Francois Legault says Trudeau’s move could “throw oil on the fire.”

Four of Canada’s ten provinces – Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, & Alberta – have refused to implement the Act. It’s likely the government will manage to push authorization through the House of Commons, but the senate could be a tougher challenge.

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