GoFundMe Withholds $4.5 Million From Canadian Trucker Fighting COVID Vaccine Mandates

GoFundMe Withholds $4.5 Million From Canadian Trucker Fighting COVID Vaccine Mandates

GoFundMe has continued its tradition of blocking anything that is not in line with liberals and their agenda.

This time it has blocked around $4.5 million that was raised by a Canadian trucker “Freedom Convoy” who was protesting COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

There were donations from around 60,000 people as of Tuesday, The Toronto Star reported.

“We require that fundraisers be transparent about the flow of funds and have a clear plan for how those funds will be spent. In this case, we are in touch with the organizer to verify that information,” GoFundMe spokeswoman Rachel Hollis said in an email.

“Funds will be safely held until the organizer is able to provide the documentation to our team about how funds will be properly distributed,” she said.

As of Tuesday afternoon, funds were raised from 61,100 donors, according to the GoFundMe page of the “Freedom Convoy.”

Tamara Lich, who is also secretary of the fledgling Western separatist Maverick Party, launched the campaign on Jan. 14. It states that the money will go toward fuel as well as food and lodgings for big-riggers taking part.

“Our current government is implementing rules and mandates that are destroying the foundation of our businesses, industries and livelihoods,” the GoFundMe page for the campaign said.

“We are a peaceful country that has helped protect nations across the globe from tyrannical governments who oppressed their people, and now it seems it is happening here,” it said.

Canadian truckers are required to be fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine or they are subject to a 14-day quarantine when returning from the United States.

Labour Minister Seamus O’Regan said that vaccination is going to eventually be mandatory for workers in all federally regulated industries.

And he, along with Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough and the President of the Canadian Trucking Alliance, Stephen Laskowski issued a statement about truckers being vaccinated on Tuesday.

“The global COVID-19 pandemic continues to have an impact on all Canadians. Within the trucking industry, the pandemic has led to unprecedented challenges. Despite these circumstances, truckers have delivered for Canadians, it said.

“Vaccines, medications, personal protective equipment, food, and supplies continue to arrive where they need to be thanks to the efforts of our dedicated commercial truck drivers.

“The vast majority of all consumer products and food are shipped by trucks. Furthermore, the trucking industry remains vital to Canada and injects billions of dollars into the economy, the statement said.

“Since the outset of the pandemic, the Government of Canada and the Canadian Trucking Alliance have engaged regularly with one another and with other key partners to identify emerging issues and mitigate disruptions. This engagement has been critical to keeping trucks moving, while also keeping Canadians safe from COVID-19.

“The Government of Canada and the Canadian Trucking Alliance both agree that vaccination, used in combination with preventative public health measures, is the most effective tool to reduce the risk of COVID-19 for Canadians, and to protect public health,” it said.

“As the pandemic continues, it remains critical that essential goods reach Canadians as quickly as possible. In fact, this is a top priority for the Government of Canada and the Canadian Trucking Alliance.

“To reach this goal, and to bolster Canada’s economic recovery and long-term competitiveness, it’s important to tackle two major challenges facing industry – supply chain constraints and labour shortages,” the group said.

“These issues are not easy to solve, and they must be addressed by long-term strategies that will achieve real and lasting results.

“Moving forward, the Government of Canada, the Canadian Trucking Alliance and the industry at large will continue our shared dialogue on the challenges facing this sector. By working together, we are confident that we can find solutions that will help Canadians and industry alike,” it said.


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