Feds say ‘consequences’ of joining blockades include frozen bank accounts and jail time
The federal government has laid out the consequences for those involved in blockades and protests in Canada, including jail time, revoked licenses and even frozen bank accounts.
On Feb. 14, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked the Emergencies Act, which his government says will lead to greater consequences for those who participate in the lockdowns.
The act gives the federal government, among other things, the ability to regulate and prohibit travel to, from, or within any area for safety reasons, regulate and distribute essential goods, d impose fines of up to $500 and even imprison people for up to six months. .
In one press conferenceTrudeau also stressed that the Emergencies Act will provide the government with the ability to “complement provincial and territorial capacity to deal with blockages and occupations.”
“Financial institutions will be authorized or mandated to provide essential services to help remedy the situation, including regulating or prohibiting the use of assets to fund or support illegal blockades,” the Prime Minister added.
The law gives the government the ability to share information with banking institutions and, according to one declaration of Freeland – for financial institutions to “temporarily cease providing financial services when the institution suspects that an account is being used to further blockades and unlawful occupations”.
This command covers both personal and business accounts.
“We are notifying today: If your truck is used in these protests, your business accounts will be frozen. Your vehicle insurance will be suspended,” the notice read.
“Send your tractor-trailers home. The Canadian economy needs them to do legitimate work, not to illegally impoverish us all.”
On Monday, the federal government revealed that border blockades taking place across Canada are costing the country millions of dollars every day in trade.
Demonstrations against the blockade have taken place across the country, perhaps most notably at the Ambassador Bridge that connects Windsor, Ontario, and Detroit, Michigan. Police announced on Sunday evening that traffic had resumed.
The protest is supported by people who are against vaccination mandates, COVID-19 lockdowns and other COVID-19 restrictions.
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