GiveSendGo Not Backing Down After Canadian Authorities Try to Shut Down Fundraiser for Freedom Convoy

Yesterday, the Ontario government successfully petitioned the Canadian Superior Court of Justice to halt access to funds given to the Freedom Convoy via the Christian fundraising site GiveSendGo.

Ontario received an order from the court that prohibited anyone from distributing funds to the Freedom Convoy via GiveSendGo’s two campaigns for the protest: “Freedom Convoy 2022” and “Adopt-a-Trucker.”

This comes as the Ottawa Police Department as well as the Ottawa government has increasingly cracked down on the Freedom Convoy currently in Ottawa. The GiveSendGo campaign had raised $8.4 million on the Freedom Convoy 2022 fundraiser and $686,000.

The blockage of funds comes after GiveSendGo founder and CFO Jacob Wells told Fox & Friends First on Wednesday that “I believe that people have a right to stand for freedom and that is what we see happening, and largely it is a peaceful movement, and we’ve been talking with people on the ground there and that is what they are seeing,”

He continued, saying that “They are seeing a groundswell of freedom-loving people standing for their rights, and we’re happy to see funds from people, primarily Canadian citizens, giving to this to push back against overreaching vaccine mandate laws.”

Following the order given by the Canadian Superior Court, GiveSendGo stated on Twitter that “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.

This crackdown on funding comes after the Freedom Convoy’s GoFundMe campaign was ended by the fundraising company after the fundraiser raised nearly $10 million.

When asked about GoFundMe’s decision, the GiveSendGo founder said “Where did Big Tech decide to take on this position of making those decisions? And we as a platform and I think we’re part of a tsunami movement of technology platforms saying, we don’t need to be in that position, the government already holds a role in going after illegal behavior. And, so, I don’t need to step in and make that decision for people. People are adults and can make their own,”

In addition to going after the funding available to the convoy, the Ottawa Police Department has begun to seize fuel and firewood as they have given out 1,300 tickets and made 23 arrests.

As the Freedom Convoy continues to stand strong against further police crackdown of the demonstration there have been increasing changes to coronavirus restrictions across Canada as provincial governments have begun to lift mandates.

While Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called the Freedom Convoy “an insult to truth” and has refused to meet with protesters, members of his own party are beginning to turn against him.

It is clear that the tide is turning and the Freedom Convoy has showcased that when everyday people join together to stand against tyranny, those who want to stifle liberty no longer have a foundation to stand upon.




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