The government of Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, announced on Monday a measure against truckers who demonstrate peacefully. Trudeau’s cabinet informed that they will freeze the bank accounts of the “Freedom Convoy” drivers.
Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland said that under the emergency law, banks can immediately freeze or suspend bank accounts without a court order and be protected against civil liability.
“If your truck is being used in these illegal blockades, your corporate accounts will be frozen, the insurance on your vehicle will be suspended,” Freeland said.
The statements come after the Trudeau government invoked emergency law to curb the protests taking place in the country. An article in El American details that the government insisted that the measure is until “order is restored throughout the country.”
The El American report also explains that the emergency law has not been invoked since World War II and that it grants special powers to the government to annul civil liberties in the name of restoring public order.
The start of the “Freedom Convoy”
The situation comes after hundreds of truckers protested vaccination mandates in Canada when Trudeau’s team decided that drivers entering Canada would require mandatory vaccinations.
A large convoy has since blocked the U.S.-Canada border crossing as a demonstration against mandatory COVID-19 vaccination.
This is not only a petition of the drivers. Upon hearing about the protests, Canada’s Conservative leader, Jason Kenney, called for a pause in the mandate and said “we can’t afford to lose thousands of truck drivers.” He also warned that the measure is affecting the country’s supply chain.
All this is happening at a time when the Canadian government itself estimates that more than 90% of truck drivers in Canada are vaccinated, while only 15 % do not have the full vaccine regime.