Opposition parliamentarians freeze Canadian bank accounts without court order under emergency law measures after it is revealed that at least 206 accounts, a total of $ 7.8 million, have been frozen with the help of Freedom Convoy. I argue against that.
Government officials were asked about this issue at a meeting of the Finance Commission (FINA) on February 22nd.
“By the way, the ability of a financial institution for a third party to act as a judge or jury, even without the opportunity for an individual to act as an agent, has a hard time understanding how it complies. “The Charter,” said the conservative MP Adam Chambers.
“Just saying something is in compliance with the Charter doesn’t necessarily mean it’s true,” he said. Urgent law needs to comply with the Charter, and the government says so.
At a meeting, Assistant Vice Minister of Finance Isabelle Jacques said at least 206 accounts had been frozen and worth a total of $ 7.8 million. This includes different types of accounts such as savings deposits, checking deposits and mortgages.
She confirmed that under current emergency orders, it is not necessary to notify eligible individuals or to make a statement to financial institutions or law enforcement agencies before the account is frozen.
Jack said these concerns were addressed in turn by requiring a continuous review of behavior.
The government enacted an emergency law on February 14 to resolve protests in Ottawa and elsewhere that had requested the removal of the COVID-19 restriction. Mr Jack said the fiscal measures came into effect on February 15 and are not retroactive.
Bloc Québécois Rep. Gabriel Stemary asked Jack if the government had given financial institutions written instructions to ensure that they could implement the measures correctly.
Jack said it wasn’t.
“We haven’t sent any details or written information, but we’ve made it possible to answer questions that may come from different entities regarding the implementation,” she said.
“I am very worried about the government’s actions against this,” Ste-Marie replied.
“If I understood correctly, there was no written pass of the standard. It is variable based and it leads to many different possible different interpretations. We know. [emergency] The order gives the financial institution an exemption. “
Ste-Marie said people with joint bank accounts who did not participate in the protest could be collateralized.
Freedom Convoy spokesperson Tom Marazo said on February 19 that his bank account was frozen, his credit card was canceled, and his wife, who wasn’t involved in the protest, dropped his credit score by 109 points.
When asked if a person who donated just $ 20 to Freedom Convoy through a crowdsourcing platform could see his account frozen, Jack said it was unlikely but “not impossible.” “.
Mr Jack also said the government has stopped freezing accounts and has begun unfreezing accounts on February 21st.
RCMP statement On February 23, law enforcement confirmed that it “returned to financial institutions the latest information about certain entities whose status may have changed in connection with illegal protests.”
“This new information will help us evaluate it along with all the other information and inform us of our decision to unfreeze a particular account,” the statement said.
Jack explained that the government is targeting bank accounts in two ways. One is how RCMP provides the list to the financial institution, and the other is the financial institution that can use algorithms to detect problems and see if the client is involved.
RCMP Said On February 21, the list they provided to financial institutions included “identities of individuals who affected illegal protests in Ottawa, and vehicle owners who do not want to leave the areas affected by the protests. And the driver was included.
“At all times, we didn’t provide financial institutions with a list of donors,” the statement says.
Conservative Mark Strahl tweeted on February 20 that someone on the Chiliwak had frozen her account.
“Brian is a single mother from Chiliwak and has a minimum wage job. When it was 100% legal, she gave the convoy $ 50. She didn’t participate otherwise. Hmm. Her bank account has been frozen. ” I have written..
Faced with questions from some journalists about the validity of the story, Stahl statement On February 22, we confirm that Briane was a real person and saw her donation receipt.
“I have confirmed her first and last name and address. To protect her privacy, I will not share these details with anyone,” the woman said, “the government is the account of other free convoy supporters. “At the same time as she began to freeze,” she said she informed him that her bank account had been frozen.
A motion to support the enforcement of the emergency law was passed by the House of Commons on 21 February, and the Senate debate began on 22 February. If the Senate votes against it, it will be automatically revoked. Otherwise, it will last for 30 days from February 14th unless the government tries to cancel or extend it. Opponents can call another vote and cancel it if successful.