Emergencies Act Not Justified

Justin Trudeau invoked the Emergencies Act to deal with the Freedom Convoy protest. High conditions must be met, conditions which prove the nation is under serious threat, in order for the Emergencies Act to be invoked. One threat could be major foreign funding coming in to overthrow the government. Were the donations coming in through GoFundMe and GiveSendGo such a threat?

In testimony before the Commons public safety and national security committee on Feb. 10, [Barry MacKillop, deputy director of intelligence at the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre (FINTRAC)] said FINTRAC doesn’t view crowdfunding platforms as major sources of money to undermine the Canadian economy or the government.

“We do not consider crowdfunding platforms to be tools that could be used to launder money or finance terrorist activities,” he said.

“There is always a risk that someone could … but that’s not necessarily the tools they would choose. There are, in fact, many other ways that are probably easier to use to launder money or collect funds to finance terrorist activities.”

Liberal MP Taleeb Noormohamed asked: “Do you have any concerns or have there been any flags raised thus far around potential sources of funding for what has been happening in Ottawa?”

And MacKillop responded: “No. In terms of the sources of funding that we’ve seen to date … we have not seen a spike in suspicious transaction reporting … related to this.”

Source: Toronto Sun

Archived link: https://archive.ph/mx3bI

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