GiveSendGo, which is hosting the crowdfund for the Freedom Convoy truck drivers, announced Friday that it would not be complying with the Ontario provincial government’s orders to freeze funding.
In a statement on Twitter, GiveSendGo wrote: “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,” the company stated.
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.
— GiveSendGo (@GiveSendGo) February 11, 2022
The court issued the order to block the transfer of donations to organizers of the protest movement.
The GiveSendGo campaign has raised $8.6 million so far.
According to the fundraising page, which organizers of the Freedom Convoy set up, funds will be dispersed to truckers participating in the protest to aid in the cost of their journey, to cover the cost of fuel, and for food and shelter as needed.
Donating to the cause through GiveSendGo is now illegal in the province. The Freedom Convoy has relied on money raised through the platform since it was banned from GoFundMe.
Canadian officials insist their order to freeze the funds will be enforced.
“Today, the Attorney General brought an application in the Superior Court of Justice for an order pursuant to section 490.8 of the Criminal Code prohibiting any person from disposing of, or otherwise dealing with, in any manner whatsoever, any and all monetary donations made through the Freedom Convoy 2022 and Adopt-a-Trucker campaign pages on the GiveSendGo online fundraising platform,” according to a statement issued by officials.
“This afternoon, the order was issued. It binds any and all parties with possession or control over these donations,” the statement concludes.
Protest organizer Chris Barber warned the ruling would create a backlash that would bring in more protesters.
“Bring it on. This is making it worse. It is going to blow up in their faces because we are not going anywhere,” he told the Ottawa Citizen.
Barber claims 3,000 more trucks are coming from western Canada and the court order will only expand the protests further.