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Justin Trudeau revokes Emergency Act and fiscal confiscations after outcry

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Despite the malicious distribution of stolen personal financial data to undermine the Freedom Convoy, no law enforcement official in Canada has spoken about any charges or consequences for the admitted hacker in Oshawa. (Image: Twitter)

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In the last week, a phalanx of establishment figures cheered the tyranny of the Emergency Act and arbitrary asset confiscation being invoked.

Prominent doctors. Corporate journalists. And shockingly, RCMP officers in Ottawa texting their glee at “jackboots on the ground”, the use of “chemical irritants” on unarmed demonstrators, and horses trampling an elderly Mohawk woman. 

From Senators to MPs, from banksters to talking heads on CTV and CBC – ‘respected Canadians’ all; propped up a power-hungry managerial culture. Prominent leaders showed they were ready and willing to embrace martial law, in response to a grassroots movement of the working class who Prime Minister Trudeau branded as lawless racists and “anti-vaxxers” and refused to meet with.

Many pointed to data, stolen from fundraising platforms by a deranged anarchist, to vilify people who made legal donations to an opposition cause. That created storylines for “professional journalists” to identify and doxx these revealed Convoy donors and ‘participants’.

What they did not point to, was the hacker they praised is a proud and boastful Jew-hater. 

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On February 16 a notorious data hacker posted on TikTok bragging about hacking the Freedom Convoy donation data held by GiveSendGo. Aubrey Cottle, an Oshawa ‘greyhat hacker’ presented in his videostream like a deranged character from a dystopian Gotham City, hyperventilating about how he is untouchable: “Nothing scares me, nothing. Yes, I doxxed the truckers! I did it! It was me! I hacked GiveSendGo baby!”

He released the names and personal details of up 90,000 individuals from (mostly) Canada and the US, doxing people who stood with truckers and against vaccine mandates for donating to the Freedom Convoy. So bold, he displayed his home address on a mailing envelope. “WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO TO ME HUHHHH??!?” he exclaimed. 

“It was worth it,” he told viewers of his TikTok livestream on Wednesday. “And if I die, it was even more worth it.”

Cottle is no stranger to illegally disrupting online traffic: in 2008 he was responsible for an Anonymous offensive bombarding a message forum run by the Epilepsy , with flashing animation installed to trigger seizures and illness in viewers. As for his attitude towards Jews, “cry about the Holocaust” is mild compared to some of his other statements.

Extracting and publishing the donation data seemed to run afoul of federal law as “an offense to fraudulently obtain, use, control, access or intercept computer systems or functions under the Criminal Code (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-46).”  The relevant provisions of the Criminal Code that prohibit hacking are in Section 184: Any person who knowingly intercepts a private communication is guilty of an indictable offense carrying a maximum penalty of five years’ imprisonment.”

Following the data breach mainstream media went down the doxing trail. The Washington Post sought out a $40 donor about what they deceptively called “leaked data”, asking if it “matches your records.” Reporters from the highly distrusted CBC at least used the word “hacked” in their solicitation to donors for comment. The Toronto Star cross-referenced the lists with Ontario government payroll databases to conclude that over a dozen current or former police officers had made donations, while hinting there might be others yet to be confirmed. 

The release of hacked data identifying convoy donors, and the weaponization of it by CBC and other national corporate media, embolden Ottawa residents to conduct their own witch hunt of their neighbors, “1933 Germany behavior” according to a commentator.

The enthusiasm to seize without warrant, the bank accounts and assets – including cyber assets – of suspected supporters of the Freedom Convoy was unseemly and without precedent. The arbitrary measures included credit cards, retirement accounts, and insurance.

It was fueled by the ‘othering’ of Canadians who stood against federal mandates for truckers and other sectors like broadcasting, while provinces and other countries were ending mandates and passports entirely as data showed the pandemic had passed. This in particular attracted widespread derision in the international media of Justin Trudeau, especially for calling those voices a threat to democracy and moving to confiscate their funds.

As more and more people who had been vaccinated and decided to reject the Trudeau shot-shot-booster-more boosters-then more boosters passport plan and medical segregation of Canadians, the more the accusations of ‘white supremacy’, ‘racism’ and other unwarranted smears like ‘Trumpists’ were launched. This whipped up support to punish the ‘seditionist-next-door’.   

Empowered by Justin Trudeau invoking the Emergency Act, the Ottawa police Twitter account became unusually bold in making promises and threats towards protesters and their supporters. Residents who wanted the convoy gone had no problem ratfinking directly to the Twitter account, and bragging about it. (Image: Twitter)

Most troubling was that no written directive was given to the banks, yet by Tuesday a Finance spokesman said the banks were solely responsible to assess the accounts being questioned. It was news to the banks that they had a choice in the matter, as much as it was a surprise to donors to learn they had a right to demand the bank review any dispute over their accounts being frozen.

They were surpassed in the surprised department by those who heard and read of a claim by a Conservative MP that a donor, a young mother who gave $50, had found her bank account frozen. Another MP cited a similar complaint in her riding as well.

Still, the most surprising part was the Finance official claiming she had not heard about the donor data being hacked by a malicious character. Perhaps the only person in Ottawa who hadn’t. She maintained the banks and crypto services would have only been using RCMP-supplied information to go after accounts. 

Although the Liberal government claimed the Emergency Act financial tools were intended to stop organizers and others from ‘financing an illegal blockade’, two Conservative MP’s claimed voters who gave even nominal amounts like $20.00 were having their money held by the banks under government order. (Image: Twitter)

Prime Minister Trudeau maneuvered a parliamentary vote to support the motion to confirm a 30 day emergency declaration. He did so by insinuating it was a confidence vote, forcing even a few of his own MP’s who did not think the truck ‘occupations’ in Ottawa or Windsor warranted the Act to fall in line, lest they face the electorate.

Meanwhile Jagmeet Singh continued leading the far-left NDP in the opposite direction of the Canadian working class. Having adopted and at times, tried to out-do Trudeau in demonizing protestors as racist haters and other epithets, and not being able to afford an election, he whipped his party to be part of the 185 – 151 majority on Monday night. 

At the next step the Senate engaged in a spirited debate and even some appointed by Trudeau expressed concerns about the lack of information from the government to justify the restrictions on civil rights, and some referenced that the freezing of bank accounts without even a notice of seizure crossed Charter guarantees. 

Before they could vote, Trudeau blinked – and what was an emergency on Monday night had amazingly disappeared in less than 48 hours.   

According to a tweet from Senator David Wells of Newfoundland, “Cabinet ministers and the gov senate leader started calling senators to assess support for continuation of the Act. The numbers weren’t looking good – suggestions of around 45 against – despite most of the senators being Trudeau appointees. That’s when the decision was made and a hastily called news conference was arranged. The government saw the writing on the wall and pulled the plug. This is a huge victory for Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms and for the people of Canada. I was voting NO” 

During the debate in the Canadian Senate to enact the Emergency Act, an appointee of Justin Trudeau said it did not respect section 8 of the Charter of Rights owing to ‘the lack of judicial oversight in the freezing of assets’. (Image: Twitter)

Isabelle Jacques, assistant deputy minister of Finance, told a Parliamentary committee that about  210 bank accounts holding about $7.8 million were frozen under the Emergencies Act; Trudeau announced almost all will be released. The use of the Emergency Act will be subject to a review in Parliament. 

The press conference at which the Prime Minister announced it was being revokednow that the crisis in Ottawa and at Canada’s border crossings has calmed down” did not go smoothly. He tried waving the “disinformation” flag as a fundamental cause for his actions but that is unlikely to fly.

Premier Jason Kenney of Alberta, where much of the convoy support originated, was not backing down to Trudeau: “There never was an emergency that required these extra-judicial powers. What a humiliation for those who were defending the indefensible 5 minutes ago. Alberta intends to proceed with an application for judicial review of the EA invocation to address this abuse of power.”

An online discussion between two prominent and sensible folks, both former Ambassadors to Israel,  touched on the political issues the public will now have to assess. 

Norman Spector (Ambassador from 1992-95) tweeted that it was a “Smart move by Trudeau. He was asleep at the switch far too long but, when he finally woke up and smelled the petrol and polls, the Emergency Act worked exactly as intended.” 

In response, Vivian Bercovici (2014-16) opined:

“I’d suggest desperate over smart. Humiliation is behind his epiphany. No more swoony Vogue covers. Some pretty brutal thumps from progressives everywhere. “Tyrant.” In the NYT. Now he’s even more exposed than he was for being mendacious. And the damage to CA? Extreme”.

Marty Gold is the Editor-in -Chief of TheJ.ca. Known for investigative reporting, he has specialized in covering municipal and provincial politics, and a wide range of sports and entertainment, in newspapers, magazines, online, and on his first love, radio. His business and consulting experience includes live events and sales, workplace safety, documentary productions, PR, and telecommunications in Vancouver, Los Angeles and across Canada, and as a contestant on CBC-TV Dragons Den.

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