Steve Watson - February 9, 2022
The Ottawa councillor who labelled the freedom convoy Truckers in Canada as ‘terrorists’ earlier this week has doubled down in another interview, calling the protesters ‘insurrectionists’ and accusing them of trying to “overthrow” the government.
Diane Deans claimed in comments to CBC that the truckers occupying downtown Ottawa are “well-polished professional people” using “the Trump playbook” to foment an “insurrection” in the vein of January 6th at the U.S. Capitol building.
Deans further claimed that the truckers are guilty of “treason”.
Deans declared “this is not something this country has ever seen before. [former bank of Canada governor] Mark Carney referred to it as sedition before, I think that’s exactly what it is. This is treason this is a group of well-polished professional people that are trying to overthrow a democratically elected government of this country.”
She added, “It’s not targeted at the city of Ottawa, it’s much bigger than that. It’s really an insurrection. It’s an attack on our democracy and an attack on our federal government. It has a lot of international elements to it. Money is flowing from the U.S.. It’s right out of the Trump playbook.”
Rather than being some shady conspiracy, the “money flowing from the U.S.” that Deans refers to relates to the funding campaigns that have been set up for the convoy.
The funding campaigns that she and other officials attempted to shut down by threatening to take legal action against GoFundMe. The platform froze the campaign after over $10 million had been raised, following the demands of Deans and others on the Ottawa council.
Since the GoFundMe debacle, over $7 million has been raised on GiveSendGo. The founder of the platform Jacob Wells slammed GoFundMe and big tech in general for acting in an “authoritarian style” by seizing the funds meant for the protesters.
“Big tech really has taken it upon themselves to be the arbiters of truth. And it’s a place that they were never intended to be, and it’s caused more damage than good,” Wells told Fox News.
“We are now stepping into that place because there is a natural pushback from many people because America was founded on these ideas of freedom,” Wells added.
He continued, “This is like the tip of the spear and what is coming in a tsunami of technology that is pushing back against this authoritarian style of social platforms where it’s like these people just think that they get to control the narrative.”
“It’s mind-blowing to me that they actually think that is the way that it ought to be, because in my perspective, it only breeds more distrust and more vitriol, more divide,” Wells further urged.
The freedom convoy rolls on, and is starting to see results, as both Alberta and Saskatchewan have announced they are going to end vaccine passports and other COVID restrictions.