Convoy money didn’t come from ‘foreign actors,’ CSIS told officials during protest


While thousands and thousands of {dollars} in donations to assist final winter’s convoy protest got here from exterior Canada, the nationwide spy company told officials during the protest that the money didn’t seem like coming from international states or “international actors.”

In a abstract of a Feb. 6 name tabled with the inquiry analyzing the federal government’s resolution to invoke the Emergencies Act to cope with the convoy protest, David Vigneault, director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), described what his service was seeing.

“There [are] no international actors recognized at this level supporting or financing this convoy,” the decision abstract stated. “FINTRAC is supporting this work/evaluation and the banks are additionally engaged.

“The GoFundMe money and different fundraising platforms [are] being tracked by FINTRAC and banks and ensuring that it’s not used for a non-peaceful goal.

“CSIS has additionally not seen any international money coming from different states to assist this. There is just not quite a bit (of) power and assist from the USA to Canada.”

The abstract was introduced Wednesday to the Public Order Emergency Commission, which is investigating whether or not the federal authorities’s use of emergency powers to finish the protests was justified.

CSIS has not but responded to questions from CBC News concerning the abstract of the decision or how the spy company defines “international actors.”

In an e-mail late Wednesday afternoon, Cecely Roy, press secretary to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, identified quite a lot of occasions that occurred that between the Feb. 6 assembly Vigneault attended and the choice to invoke the Emergencies Act.

They included endorsements of the convoy protest by well-known Americans, criticism by outstanding officials in three states of GoFundMe’s resolution to cancel the protest’s crowdfunding marketing campaign and a cellphone name between Trudeau and U.S. President Joe Biden on Feb. 11 that included dialogue of American and world monetary assist flowing to the protest.

“As the unlawful blockades and occupation progressed, the federal government continued to be taught extra, together with concerning the international supply of funds,” Roy wrote. “The Commission’s work is ongoing and they are going to be listening to from many witnesses on this and different points over the approaching weeks.”

The name that included Vigneault came about two days after GoFundMe introduced it was shutting down a fundraiser that had raised greater than $10 million for the convoy protest. That similar day, a brand new fundraiser was launched on rival crowdfunding platform GiveSendGo.

In the assertion it issued after invoking the Emergencies Act on Feb. 14, the federal authorities cited donations from exterior Canada as one of many components behind its resolution.

“Anecdotal reviews of donations from exterior Canada to assist the protesters got credence when, on February 13, 2022, hackers of the crowdfunding web site,, launched hacked knowledge that exposed details about donors and the quantity of donations directed to the protesters,” the federal government wrote.

In testimony earlier than a parliamentary committee on March 3, officials from GoFundMe and GiveSendGo confirmed that donations to assist the convoy got here from folks in Canada and different international locations.

GiveSendGo chief Jacob Wells stated 60 per cent of the thousands and thousands of {dollars} raised on his platform got here from Canada and 37 per cent got here from the United States. GoFundMe president Juan Benitez stated 88 per cent of the money raised on his platform and 86 % of donors got here from Canada.

CSIS director David Vigneault told the federal authorities the trucker convoy was “primarily a home challenge.” (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)

The abstract of the Feb. 6 name additionally quotes Vigneault saying CSIS was working carefully with border enforcement companions, together with the RCMP and the Canada Border Services Agency.

“CSIS has lookouts all through and so they have been fairly efficient,” says the abstract. “There is not any main group of truckers coming from the USA to Canada as a part of this convoy. It is primarily a home challenge.”

Vigneault additionally downplayed the presence of extremists among the many convoy protesters.

“There are some people from different causes who’re the hardened components who will probably use violence however they see this as not their mission,” says the abstract of Vigneault’s remarks. “They are in varied areas like Parliament Hill, Quebec City, Toronto, Alberta; nonetheless, they aren’t actively collaborating or organizing it and are probably utilizing this as a recruiting floor.”

The report of Vigneault’s feedback appears to contradict a part of the federal government’s rationale for invoking the Emergencies Act.

“The protests have grow to be a rallying level for anti-government and anti-authority, anti-vaccination, conspiracy idea and white supremacist teams all through Canada and different Western international locations,” the federal government wrote in its assertion on invoking the act.

“The protesters have various ideological grievances, with calls for ranging from an finish to all public well being restrictions to the overthrow of the elected authorities.”


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