Public inquiry reveals Biden admin pressured Canadian counterparts to crack down on Ottawa ‘Freedom Convoy’ protests

There is an ongoing public inquiry in Canada into the justification and legality of that nation’s unprecedented invocation of the Emergencies Act and related heavy-handed tactics to crack down on and disperse the trucker-led “Freedom Convoy” protests in the capital of Ottawa and elsewhere in that country.

It has been revealed by that inquiry that President Joe Biden’s administration pressured its counterparts in Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s administration to take drastic and immediate actions to quell the economically and politically disruptive unrest, FrontPageMag reported.

The Freedom Convoy protests arose in January 2022 in opposition to Canada’s strict COVID-19 vaccine mandates and other pandemic-related restrictions imposed on the Canadian people, and as it turns out, there were real fears in Washington D.C. at the time that those anti-authoritarian protests, if not swiftly quashed, would spread into the United States.

The Emergencies Act was invoked for the first time ever in mid-February and was used to freeze the bank accounts of protesters, confiscate supplies, conduct mass arrests, silence protest leaders, and forcibly tow away the trucks and other vehicles owned and operated by the protesters.

Top Biden officials pressured Canadian counterparts

Politico reported Thursday that documents and testimony unveiled as part of the required-by-law public inquiry showed that President Biden and top members of his administration leaned on their Canadian counterparts in Prime Minister Trudeau’s administration and urged a rapid resolution to the protests that had occupied central Ottawa and blocked off various border crossings along the line of separation between Canada and the U.S.

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland testified that she had been in contact with Biden’s top economic adviser Brian Deese, director of the National Economic Council, on Feb. 10 about his “urgent concern” with regard to the border crossing blockades. “They are very, very, very worried,” Freeland wrote in an email to staffers and added. “If this is not sorted out in the next 12 hours, all of their northeastern car plants will shut down.”

Freeland further testified that Deese had requested daily updates on the progress in quelling the protests, though those check-ins reportedly never actually happened, likely because the Emergencies Act was invoked just a few days later and the protests were crushed with a heavy hand.

The outlet also reported that the inquiry similarly revealed that Transportation Sec. Pete Buttigieg took the “unusual” step of reaching out to Transportation Minister Omar Alghabra to demand “a plan to resolve” the border blockades.

Also applying pressure to take action was top National Security Council official Juan Gonzalez, who reached out to Trudeau’s deputy chief of staff Brian Clow to try and establish high-level conversations and coordination between the Department of Homeland Security and Trudeau’s top national security advisers. They also arranged a direct call between Biden and Trudeau, in which the two leaders discussed the “shared problem” and concerns were expressed about the trucker-led protests becoming an issue in the U.S.

Military deployment contemplated; Trudeau defends invocation

Breitbart reported that the inquiry also revealed messages between top Canadian ministers on the possible use of the Canadian military and the deployment of tanks and armored vehicles to help disperse the protesters, though the ministers involved in those discussions now claim that any talk of using the military against the protests were just poor attempts at humor.

Canada’s CBC reported that Prime Minister Trudeau testified on Friday, and while he acknowledged that the invocation of the Emergencies Act was consequential and ripe for abuse, he nonetheless was unrepentant and staunchly defended the heavy-handed authoritarian tactics his government employed to end the protests in Ottawa and elsewhere in Canada.