Canadian truckers who have formed a convoy headed to Ottawa in protest of the country's ridiculous vaccine mandate were denied access to more than $4.7 million in funding by GoFundMe over 'transparency' demands.
“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,” Rachel Hollis, a spokeswoman for the crowdfunding platform, said in an email, according to The Record.
“Funds will be safely held until the organizer is able to provide the documentation to our team about how funds will be properly distributed," the email continued.
As of this week, more than 61,100 people had donated to the GoFundMe page of the "Freedom Convoy" after Tamara Lich, secretary of the newly formed separatist Maverick Party, launched the funding campaign on Jan. 14. The page states that the money is to go toward fuel as well as food and lodging for all the truckers taking part in the convoy -- all of which seems transparent enough.
“Our current government is implementing rules and mandates that are destroying the foundation of our businesses, industries and livelihoods,” the convoy’s GoFundMe page says.
“We are a peaceful country that has helped protect nations across the globe from tyrannical governments who oppressed their people, and now it seems it is happening here," the page continues.
Beginning Jan. 15, the Canadian government required truck drivers to be fully vaccinated or be forced to quarantine for 14 days after crossing over from the United States.
In addition, taking their queue from the Biden regime, Labour Minister Seamus O'Regan has said that COVID-19 vaccines will soon be mandatory for all workers in industries regulated by the federal government, though he did not mention a timeline.
The Record adds:
The Canadian Trucking Alliance, which has denounced the convoy protest, says more than 85 per cent of the 120,000 Canadian truck drivers who regularly traverse the border are vaccinated, but that up to 16,000 may be sidelined due to the new restriction, exacerbating supply chain problems.
The big-riggers are bound for a protest set for Saturday in Ottawa, where drivers from across the country are planning to converge.
In a joint press release on Tuesday, the federal government and alliance president Stephen Laskowski agreed there are “unprecedented challenges” to an industry responsible for transporting, by far, the majority of food and consumer products throughout the country, while claiming that getting vaccines is the best option for 'economic health.'
“Vaccines, medications, personal protective equipment, food, and supplies continue to arrive where they need to be thanks to the efforts of our dedicated commercial truck drivers,“ said Laskowski, O’Regan, Transport Minister Omar Alghabra and Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough, according to the outlet.
“The government of Canada and the Canadian Trucking Alliance both agree that vaccination, used in combination with preventive public health measures, is the most effective tool to reduce the risk of COVID-19 for Canadians, and to protect public health," the statement continued.
This, as both the U.S. and Canada are currently in the throes of a supply chain crisis that was begun by pandemic-related business and industry shutdowns and is now being perpetuated by COVID-19 edicts such as mandating a vaccine that doesn't prevent the spread of the virus or protect people from getting it.
"In a Twitter thread Monday showing pictures of depleted grocery store shelves, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said he was 'on the phone with U.S. governors' that morning who share his concerns" about the crisis, The Record reported, noting further: "He said he is was working on a joint letter to U.S. President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to end the dual vaccine mandates."
But they will be appealing to deaf ears, as, the COVID pandemic is obviously being used as a tool for implementing tyrannical government. And left-wing big tech platforms are aiding the process.