Last week, online fundraising giant GoFundMe attempted to steal $9 Million worth of donations from supporters of the Freedom Convoy protest after allegedly being pressured by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The company announced that instead of refunding the money sent to them by supporters, they would donate it to charities of their choosing. GiveSendGo, a Christian fundraising website that is known to be more pro free speech than GoFundMe, was used to raise $9 Million for Freedom Convoy protesters. After they refused to buckle to government pressure, they were taken to court where a judge ordered the funds to be frozen. GiveSendGo made a shocking and brave decision, rather than backing down in the face of government tyranny, they gave a defiant response:
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.
— GiveSendGo (@GiveSendGo) February 11, 2022
Shortly after their social media statement, they announced that they would be disbursing the funds to protesters and ignoring the Canadian government’s order.
Despite the government’s best efforts, the Freedom Convoy has already won significant victories in Canada. This week, Saskatchewan and Alberta announced that they would drop their vaccine passports. Ottawa announced that they would drop their restrictions on private gatherings starting next month. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has remained defiant and refused to consider the demands of the truckers.
The Canadian government and corporations have coordinated to shut down the peaceful and lawful protests across the country that oppose vaccine mandates and covid restrictions. This week, police in Ottawa made it illegal for people to offer material support to protests such as gas for demonstrators’ trucks. They began arresting supporters and confiscating their gas cans hours after the announcement was released.