TD Bank has confirmed that it has frozen a bank account that was paid $ 1.1 million to support truck driver-led protests in Canada.
A spokesperson for TD Bank appealed to the Ontario High Court on February 12 that a financial institution “requested a refund but raised funds with the intention of returning cash to a donor who was not eligible for a refund.” Said. Determined by TD. “
According to a TD spokeswoman, one of the bank accounts will receive a lump sum of $ 1 million in Canadian currency via GoFundMe and the remaining approximately $ 300,000 will go to the second account through electronic transfers from several banks. The money was sent. Reuters.. A spokesman for TD Bank said the bank did not know where the GoFundMe payments were made.
Keith Wilson, a convoy lawyer, said after the two accounts were frozen, TD Bank “noticed that their behavior was inappropriate and disappointing.” The Epoch Times sought comment from the Legal Center for Constitutional Freedom, a legal group representing the truck convoy.
“We will also take the Ontario government to court and seek immediate lifting of what we consider to be an illegal order,” he told the news agency.
About a week before the TD Bank’s decision, GoFundMe was with a Canadian truck driver-led Freedom Convoy. Said It will return a refund. In a statement on February 7, GoFundMe said that all donations were refunded and “many times discussed with reports of local law enforcement and police violence and other misconduct” without providing evidence. Insisted.
GoFundMe has been criticized for canceling Kyle Rittenhouse’s defense fundraising activities and proceeding with vaccine mandates. Another crowdfunding website, GiveSendGo, has instead undertaken funding for Freedom Convoy, a protest to end Canada’s vaccine obligations.
On February 10, the Ontario High Court ordered GiveSendGo to freeze all funds donated through GiveSendGo.platform I have written On Twitter, it would be against the court order.
When GoFundMe announced that it would stop fundraising, Jon Carpay, head of the Judicial Center for Constitutional Freedom, told The Epoch Times in early February that GoFundMe was about “violence” and “illegal activity.” He said he needed to publish the evidence.
“Usually law enforcement agencies are not ashamed to make the evidence publicly available, and the evidence must show that the individual is actually a member of Freedom Convoy. The credit of Freedom Convoy is deliberate. It may be the instigator who is trying to hurt, so what is the evidence that the suspect was even involved in Freedom Convoy? “Carpey said.
Some spokespersons at TD Bank did not return the Epoch Times comment request. GoFundMe has not yet responded to your comment request.