Truckers defend Canadians’ liberty

Lest anyone thinks that the GoFundMe organisation is perfectly immune to any political pressures, it has just proven it not to be the case: it froze more than $4 million in donations to a Canadian truckers’ convoy that shows disagreement with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s policies.

Drivers participating in the Freedom Convoy 2022 are upset about Canadian government’s mandate that, in order to cross the border with the U.S. while delivering goods either way, they must be vaccinated.

After imposing it and hearing the chorus of protest, the government retreated, releasing truck drivers from the mandate. They re-imposed the order a day later.

Canadians have been showing support to the 55,000 truckers by donating meals, accommodations, fuel and money. They used GoFundMe, an American for-profit crowdfunding platform, for the latter activity.

Brad Damphousse and Andrew Ballester started the organisation to help people raise money for a number of causes, ranging from celebrations and graduations all the way to what they describe as “challenging circumstances,” such as accidents and illnesses.

Who is who?

It may sound strange but there exist two outfits that are called GoFundMe. One of them is the original platform, an incorporated company. It says openly it makes money off such crowdfunding events. You can find them here.

And then, there is another website. Its address differs just slightly from the original company’s address: it’s *.org, instead of *.com.

Other than that, it carries the same name. It claims to be an independent, registered public charity. Yes, it admits that it works closely with the for-profit company. It calls it (without a scintilla of proof) the world’s largest and most trusted online fundraising platform. This company says that its board of directors, as well as CEO and CFO, are different from the for-profit company and that this, without saying, proves their independence.

Considering the incorporated company links all its listed cases to the public charity, this claim of independence sounds somewhat unbelievable.

And so does the official explanation as to why Canadian truckers can’t have access to money their supporters had raised for their cause: “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.”

Thus Rachel Hollis, a spokeswoman for GoFundMe.

That’s not all, there’s still some hope left: “Funds will be safely held until the organizer is able to provide the documentation to our team about how funds will be properly distributed.”

This is the same GoFundMe that had no issues with the family of convicted (and then deceased) violent criminal George Floyd raising $14 million. Obviously, they would starve to death without the proceeds of crime that he (judging by their own explanation) used to contribute to the smooth running of the household.

GoFundMe must have somehow overlooked what the organisers of the Freedom Convoy 2022 stated (very publicly and very openly on their website): “We are taking our fight to the doorsteps of our Federal Government and demanding that they cease all mandates against its people. Small businesses are being destroyed, homes are being destroyed, and people are being mistreated and denied fundamental necessities to survive.”

And, to make sure everyone, including the suspiciously motivated GoFundMe crowd, understood, thus Tamara Lich, the campaign’s creator: all donated funds go toward “fuel, food and lodgings to help ease the pressures of this arduous task.”

More than 55,000 truckers have been protesting across Western Canada to Ottawa, the expenses are rising.

Strange record

Not so long ago, GoFundMe has frozen funds intended to help the family of a 16-year-old boy who passed away days after receiving the Pfizer vaccine. Cause of death: heart failure. In GoFundMe’s view, this was “prohibited conduct.”

The boy’s grieving father launched another campaign on the crowdfunding site Life Funder. This site, by the way, has been outgrowing GoFundMe lately, and it seems, for good reason.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister of Canada told all and sundry he plans to self-isolate because he just happened to be exposed to Covid. What a coincidence.

Unfortunately for him, the truckers are set to gridlock Ottawa until all mandates are withdrawn. They will gladly wait him out.

And, besides, they are open about a very important angle: they are NOT debating vaccines. Their group includes vaccinated, boosted and unvaccinated people, according to James Bauder.

He is the founder of the Canada Unity Foundation, one of the groups organising the Freedom Convoy.

Trudeau didn’t endear himself to the majority of Canadians by saying those opposed to vaccination and mandates are misogynists and extremists. He didn’t win any popularity points by saying that 55 thousand truckers are a fringe minority that holds unacceptable views.

He forgot, somehow, that in democracy, all views are acceptable. In fact, this happens to be democracy’s weakest link: if democracy had stood up to Marxism when it began creeping in in the 1920s, and, especially, after the Second World War, there would have been no Trudeau in power, neither Pierre Elliott, nor Justin.

Meanwhile, Ottawa police had checked with the convoy organisers and found there is no need to panic: the truckers are not into violence, they just want the government to end the madness it calls mandates, while others call it abuse of constitutional rights.

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