When truckers in Canada organized to protest Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s authoritarian COVID-19 measures, the world was at once inspired by their fearless determination and horrified by the Orwellian actions the country’s leader took to squash them.
But it turns out, President Joe Biden played a hand in pressuring Trudeau into his heavy-handed response, just days before the prime minister invoked emergency powers to end the blockades at the U.S.-Canada border.
As BizPac Review reported, in response to the truckers who had converged on the border in Ottawa, on Valentine’s Day, Trudeau invoked the Emergencies Act, which in turn empowered banks to freeze the accounts of those who donated to the effort, banned public assembly, and gave cops the authority to arrest and forcibly remove activists who protested or aided the truckers from designated areas.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) February 15, 2022
As rigs were seized and grandmas who donated to the cause found they could no longer access their money, much of the world condemned Trudeau as a tyrant and cautioned that such extreme measures could soon spill over the border into America, the Land of the Free.
Trudeau must testify on Friday in Ottawa to defend his use of those emergency powers, Politico reports, and ahead of that date, it now appears that the push for those tyrannical actions came from none other than the White House.
According to Canadian Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, Washington was “very, very, very worried” the blockades at the border would negatively impact American auto manufacturers.
In an email to her staff on February 10, Freeland stated that the Biden administration feared that if the convoy wasn’t crushed in 12 hours, “all of their northeastern car plants will shut down.”
The day she sent the email, Freeland had a conversation with Biden’s top economic advisor, Brian Deese, who said the line of Canadian truckers at the border could end up costing around $2.9 billion in trade.
Speaking to the inquiry, Freeland said she was concerned that her country was “in the process of doing long-term and possibly irreparable harm to our trading relationship with the United States.”
Freeland pressed Deese, the director of Biden’s National Economic Council, to set up a phone call between the president and Trudeau. In her email, she told her staff that he would “try to make it happen.”
Trudeau’s deputy chief of staff, Brian Clow, had already been in touch with White House officials. Among them was the National Security Council senior director for the Western Hemisphere — and special assistant to the president — Juan Gonzalez, who was hoping to arrange a discussion between Trudeau’s national security adviser, Jody Thomas, and the Department of Homeland Security.
“Clow helped coordinate the Trudeau-Biden discussion, which took place Feb. 11. He prepared the prime minister for that call with a point-form note and a clear message: Ottawa had a plan to end the blockades,” Politico reports.
“We are in this together,” the note to Biden ended. “We benefit from our integrated supply chains. Some U.S. politicians are arguing for more protectionism. That’s a mistake.”
The conversation between Biden and Trudeau took place on Feb. 11, and, following the call, Clow texted Freeland, telling her, “POTUS was quite constructive. There was no lecturing. Biden immediately agreed this is a shared problem.”
The president was concerned about American convoys, inspired by their patriots to the north, who were rumored to be heading for the Super Bowl in Los Angeles and for Washinton, D.C.
Trudeau reportedly brought up the influence of Americans on the Canadian blockades, including “money, people, and political/media support.”
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) February 13, 2022
Three days later, Trudeau invoked the Emergencies Act.
Now, as part of that act, the prime minister must make the case that he was right to take such extraordinary measures.
“The impact of the emergency powers on border blockades remains unclear,” according to Politico. “Documents tabled at the inquiry show that law enforcement agencies didn’t require the Emergencies Act to open up the border.”
“Emails from government officials in Manitoba claimed a border blockade in that province was cleared without the need for emergency powers,” the outlet reports. “And a six-day blockade at the busiest Canada-U.S. border crossing between Detroit and Windsor was cleared on Feb. 13, a day before invocation.”
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