On Wednesday, GoFundMe put a hold on the Freedom Convoy 2022 fundraising page, stating that the page is currently under review to ensure it complies with the fundraising platform’s terms of services and applicable laws.
“This fundraiser is currently paused and under review to ensure it complies with our terms of service and applicable laws and regulations. Our team is working 24/7 and doing all we can to protect both organizers and donors. Thank you for your patience,” the statement on the page reads.
The same day, Ottawa City Councilor Diane Deans called for GoFundMe to cease sending money to the truckers, which have congested Ottawa streets since the weekend.
“I wanna ask the mayor and ask GoFundMe in the States directly and demand that they cease and desist sending money to these protestors. And perhaps while he’s at it he can pick up the phone and ask the prime minister to do the same. We’ve had some conversation about perhaps suing GoFundMe, but legal action takes time, and this is urgent. We need to cut off the pipeline of funding to these people—mercenaries, if you will—who are unlawfully protesting and occupying our communities,” she said during an information meeting.
Ottawa City Councillor Mathieu Fleury also recently said that the money raised for the Freedom Convoy in Ottawa should instead be directed to the costs of policing.
“This morning I have asked the city manager and city solicitor to immediately launch court proceedings targeting the millions of dollars in funds frozen by GoFundMe so Ottawa taxpayers are not left holding the bag for these protests,” said Fleury in a tweet Monday that appears to now be deleted.
According to the Ottawa Police, costs for policing are estimated at “more than $800,000 a day,” according to a Sunday tweet.