I, Alexandra Marshall, am prepared to admit that I got all teary-eyed over a TikTok post.
Earlier in the week, Canadian President Justin Trudeau attempted to freeze-out the Freedom Convoy in Ottawa by seizing their fuel in what would otherwise be known as ‘highway robbery’ if it hadn’t taken place at a standstill. Police made multiple arrests knowing full well that over a quarter of the drivers had their children with them.
It was at this point that the mainstream press attempted to build a narrative of ‘concern for child welfare’ (caused by law enforcement) to justify having kids removed from their truck-driving parents. The press spent the rest of the week complaining after being shocked that no one wanted to talk to them.
The harder authorities cracked down, the more determined good-natured Canadians were to assist truckers. People brought supplies and came to stand with them day after day as their horns blared at authorities. ‘Honk!’ was quickly censored by social media, because the sound of freedom is too dangerous for Silicon Valley to tolerate – even if it’s only in print.
Enraged by the camaraderie, Ottawa police insisted they would arrest anyone that offered material aid – such as gas, food, or water. Can you imagine any police force in the West surviving an announcement that they want to ‘starve Black Lives Matter protesters’? No, neither can I. Absolve yourself of any notion that the rule of law is equal and justice is blind. Trudeau’s Canada is a curated dictatorship with citizens micromanaged into compliance by threat.
What followed came directly out of a movie – literally – as Canadian citizens in their thousands grabbed empty gas cans and filled them with water before flooding the protest. Suddenly, everywhere the police looked there were orange jerry cans. The scenes mirrored the final heist from The Thomas Crown Affair where Pierce Brosnan walked into the art gallery wearing a bowler hat and carrying a briefcase. Set to Nina Simmon’s famous Sinnerman, suddenly the gallery was full of doppelgangers.
Who had fuel and who had water? All they knew was that trucks were thundering back to life. Honk! Honk!
Police in Ottawa were at a loss. “It does provide a layer of logistical complexity to us,” admitted the Deputy Police Chief, traumatized from all the jerry cans. “It identified a level of sophistication and a level of ability of this group to try and subvert police efforts.”
Which is an oddly sinister way of saying that the protesters have excellent taste in cinema.
These acts of defiance were clever, hilarious, peaceful, and contained just the right of anarchy to turn the Freedom Convoy into a viral event. It’s joyful – something lacking from Trudeau’s Covid ‘Normal’.
The Police may have been confused by the resourcefulness of protesters, but these are the working class – the people who don’t have teams of public servants to do their bidding. There is no denying that their patriotism makes Trudeau look like a monster. It is hard to tell who is the bigger figure of ridicule – Trudeau or the Mayor of Ottawa, Jim Watson, who was furious that the truckers had turned Ottawa into ‘a party’.
Yikes. A party? Terrifying!
A well-funded party at that. At least, it was until Trudeau side-eyed the GoFundMe campaign. The saga that followed served as proof that Canada exists as an authoritarian state under the control of a vapid little political runt.
After imposing an unreasonable, unscientific, and unethical vaccine passport system on the transport industry, 50,000 trucks and a pilot fish fleet of patriotic supporters descended on Ottawa.
Most politicians would take the world’s largest convoy as a not-so-gentle hint that the policy was a mistake. Instead, the born to rule self-styled king squeaked in terror and retreated to his nearest palace for ‘safety’. From there, Trudeau continued to hurl abuse and slander at the protesters – going so far as to call the people in charge of Canada’s supply chain, ‘homophobes, Islamaphobes, bigots, white supremacists, fascists, far-right extremists, and terrorists’.
Unsurprisingly, ethnic truckers spent the rest of the afternoon on TikTok while Twitter furiously banned people posting Trudeau’s black face photos.
Only serious protesters with nothing left to lose dig in and ‘hold the line’ in freezing conditions. Learning absolutely nothing from the French, Trudeau persisted with the ‘submit or else’ approach – not something peasants with pitchforks (or massive semi-trailers) like to hear.
The Freedom Convoy 2022 began fundraising to support the families living inside the protest.
One can guess at the horror with which Trudeau watched hundreds of thousands of people donating money to a cause dedicated to ending the mandates of his dictatorship.
How could this be allowed? Why were people giving up money to strangers during a serious economic crisis? It’s not even a tax!Typically, socialists love free money – but not if it’s going to support the peasantry.
GoFundMe collected over $10 million Canadian dollars in donations – a huge amount. Without warning, all the funds were frozen and the event was placed ‘under review’. Shortly after, GoFundMe announced that they would be suspending the Freedom Convoy 2022 fundraiser and posted a message chillingly informing customers of its intent to re-distribute the funds to more ‘credible and established charities’ – presumably like the burn, loot, riot squad over at Black Lives Matter which GoFundMe personally set up an account for.
The action was immediately described by the Twitter-verse as daylight robbery – a digital grand theft of public money to keep the temperamental Trudeau happy.
It triggered an avalanche of outrage that drowned out the collective forces of Silicon Valley. There was nothing GoFundMe could do about the tens of thousands of rage-fueled comments inundating their accounts. Following it swiftly were serious threats by Republican governors and Attorneys-general in West Virginia and Louisiana to investigate the company for fraud and other violations of state law. Then, a few keen GoFundMe victims realized that they could contact their bank and start issuing charge-backs, which could cost GoFundMe millions.
Whichever piece of straw it was, the camel’s back was well and truly broken. GoFundMe’s cowardly CEO, Tim Cadogan, set his Twitter account to ‘private’ while a statement was issued by the company explaining that all money would be refunded immediately.
“Due to donor feedback, we are simplifying the process and automatically refunding donations.”
Which is another way of saying, ‘oh-shit-oh-shit-oh-shit-oh-shit’ on repeat for several days as their corporate reputation spiraled into the waiting mouth of classic woke failure. It will be a miracle if GoFundMe survives this act of attempted virtue signaling.
Ringing alarm bells is the involvement of Ottawa Police. “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.”
GoFundMe tried to imply that the (peaceful) Freedom convoy violated its terms of service related to ‘promoting violence and harassment’. The presence of Black Lives Matter and Antifa campaigns on the platforms is enough evidence to prove that the company has no interest in the behavior of protesters – only their ideology. Both ‘woke’ groups laid siege to cities around the world – looting, burning, vandalizing, and assaulting. People died and businesses were destroyed as its members preached racial hatred.
The Canadian truckers are a Victorian picnic of parasols and tea in comparison, with independent press outfits like Rebel News sitting in the thick of it, recording events like the great Impressionist painters. The spirit of freedom has been captured in TikTok snippets, Twitter threads, and Facebook photos. Social media has created a critical mass that cannot be erased, censored, or silenced without those platforms self-immolating as GoFundMe has done.
One thing remains constant through history. When leaders of a regime start banning ever more ridiculous and trivial things (like jerry cans and honking horns) the end is always near. It is the chaotic, last grab at power.
The whole headache could be over for Trudeau if he went and got himself fully dosed up on common sense and dropped vaccine passports entirely. Science says that these vaccines do almost nothing to stop transmission, so why is Trudeau clinging to vaccine passports? Is it because they represent the control he’s always wanted to have over the people of Canada?
At least his influence stops at the Canadian border.
An American fundraising platform ‘GiveSendGo’ has two events running that have almost recouped all the money lost on GoFundMe. Panicked, the Ontario government issued a statement that they had the authority to ban this campaign as well – rubbishing GoFundMe’s earlier claims that the suspension was a violation of terms rather than an instruction from the Canadian government.
“Today, the Attorney-General brought an application in the Superior Court of Justice […] prohibiting any person from disposing of, or otherwise dealing with, in any manner whatsoever, and all monetary donations made through the Freedom Convoy 2022 and Adopt-a-Trucker campaign pagers on GiveSendGo online fundraising platform.”
To which GiveSendGo immediately turned around and essentially said “lol with two middle-fingers up” replying, “Know this! Canada has absolutely ZERO jurisdiction over how we manage our funds here at GiveSendGo. All funds for EVERY campaign on GiveSendGo flow directly to the recipients of those campaigns, not least of which is The Freedom Convoy campaign.”
Justin Trudeau, here’s some free advice… Bending and breaking every standard of decency, precedent and law will leave your page in history looking unfashionably dark indeed.
You’ve lost your own people and now you’re embarrassing Canada on a National-stage.