Politician Wants to Seize ‘Millions of Dollars’ of the Almost $10M Raised by Freedom Convoy
Ottawa, ON — A politician representing Ottawa is seeking to begin legal proceedings to seize millions of dollars raised by Freedom Convoy organizers.
In a Tweet on Monday, Mathieu Fleury, Ottawa City Councillor of Rideau-Vanier Ward, said he is urging City Solicitor David White and City Manager Steve Kanellakos to “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.”
Specifically, Fleury cited extra expenses incurred because of the protests such as “police costs, businesses and residents for clean-up, promotion for our city, messaging to support downtown residents, and funds for local groups who were victimized over the weekend.”
Fleury deleted the Tweet shortly after posting it and then locked down his Twitter account.
Ottawa Police released a statement on Sunday which included an estimate of the costs the protest was imposing.
“Along with the safety issues, costs to businesses and social costs, the Ottawa Police continues to tally the financial costs of the policing costs which are estimated at more than $800,000 a day,” officials said.
Meanwhile, organizers of Freedom Convoy have raised over C$9.5 million from 119,000 donations.
During a press conference on Sunday, organizers said they had enough money to keep trucks fueled and parked in Ottawa for at least two years.
“We are in this for the long haul,” said Freedom Convoy Spokesman Benjamin Dichter. “Trucks are designed to be on the road for a long period of time as long as you keep fuel in them.”
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