GiveSendGo alleges Canada has ‘no jurisdiction’ over fundraising for truck convoys after Ontario government freezes access

The Ontario government has successfully asked a court to freeze access to funds accumulated on its fundraising page.

The fundraising platform that the Ottawa Truck Convoy uses to raise funds posted a statement on its Facebook page regarding the Canadian government’s involvement in the attempted campaign freeze.

According to the statement released by GiveSendGo on Thursday, February 10, the Christian crowdfunding and fundraising site said Canada has “absolutely no jurisdiction” over how it manages its funds on the platform.

“All funds from every campaign on GiveSendGo go directly to the recipients of those campaigns, not the least of which is the Freedom Convoy campaign,” the statement said.

The statement continues to encourage continued donations to the protest.

However, the Ontario government announced on Thursday, February 10 that it had successfully petitioned a court to freeze access to the donated money.

“Today, the Attorney General filed an application with the Superior Court of Justice for an order under Section 490.8 of the Criminal Code prohibiting any person from disposing of or otherwise dealing in any manner whatsoever , any monetary donation made through the Freedom Convoy 2022 and Adopt-a-Trucker campaign pages on the GiveSendGo online fundraising platform,” Premier Doug Ford wrote, according to his spokeswoman, Ivana Yelich.

“This afternoon, the order was issued. It binds all parties having possession or control of these donations.”

The Freedom Convoy 2022 page has a fundraising goal set at US$16 million, or about C$20 million, while the Adopt-a-Trucker campaign has raised $707,326 as of 10:45 a.m. Friday, February 11 .

Convoy was able to raise around $9.8 million through GoFundMe, but those assets were also frozen. All donations made through this platform were refunded after removing the fundraiser from its site on February 4.

Representatives from GoFundMe have accepted a request to appear before the House of Commons to testify before the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security on March 3.

– With files from CityNews Toronto

Thelma J. Longworth