Justin Trudeau to Crack Down On Canada Trucker Bank Accounts as GiveSendGo Remains Down

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday vowed to freeze bank accounts of the truckers protesting his COVID-19 vaccine mandates, while the movement's fundraising website remained down.

Right-wing Christian fundraising site GiveSendGo remained down and the platform has not said anything for over 24 hours, despite the website and official page for the Canadian truckers appearing to be hacked and non-functional on Monday.

A leak website also said it received a cache of information, including donor details to the Freedom Convoy protest, after the fundraising site was targeted in a cyberattack on Sunday night.

Protesters had raised more than $8 million of funding to support their cause, as they blockade roads in the Canadian capital Ottawa. The protests, which have been associated with the anti-vaccination movement and the far-right, have gathered momentum all over the world.

Newsweek has contacted the fundraising site for comment.

The demonstrations began as a protest against Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's requirement for truckers to quarantine if they are unvaccinated and cross the border with the U.S.

But as the protests have grown, they have also been rallying against wider COVID-19 restrictions, such as lockdowns and having to wear masks. Many people have been arrested as police have tried to disperse the protesters.

Trudeau declared a rare national public order emergency on Monday to try and end the trucker protest. It was the first time such an emergency had been declared in 50 years.

In a televised address, Canadian Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland announced that banks and other financial service providers have the power to immediately freeze or suspend an account without a court order.

"Federal government institutions will have a new broad authority to share relevant information with banks and other financial service providers to ensure we can all work together to put a stop to these illegal blockades," Freeland said in a televised speech.

"This is about following the money. This is about stopping the financing of these illegal blockades. We are today serving notice. If your truck is being used in these illegal blockades your corporate accounts will be frozen. The insurance on your vehicle will be suspended. Send your semi-trailers home, the Canadian economy needs them to be doing legitimate work, not to be illegally making us all poorer."

Trudeau's government has also threatened to suspend insurance on the truckers' rigs and tow away vehicles that keep essential services running.

On Thursday, he declared the blockades "illegal" and told the remaining protesters that it was "time to go home".

Trudeau has ruled out using the military to restore order.

The protests started in western Canada in January, descending on the capital Ottawa on January 28 and blocking the city's main roads, causing chaos and disruption for the last two weeks. Protesters had also blocked the Ambassador Bridge, the vital trade route between Windsor, Ontario to Detroit, U.S. The bridge was re-opened on Sunday after the protesters were dispersed.

The Canadian movement has seen its popularity rise globally, and has spread to multiple countries including France, New Zealand, the U.K. and the U.S.

On February 8, the official Twitter account for the Freedom Convoy was permanently suspended from the social media site.

A spokesperson told Newsweek on February 8, the day of the suspension, that the account was permanently banned for violating Twitter rules on ban evasion.

Justin Trudeau in D.C.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens during the first North American Leaders’ Summit (NALS) since 2016 in the East Room at the White House November 18, 2021 in Washington, DC. Trudeau declared a rare national public order emergency on Monday to try and end the trucker protests. Alex Wong/Getty