Canadian bank called police over customer ‘liking’ freedom convoy posts

A Manitoba credit union went out of its way to get the RCMP involved on a customer who liked Freedom Convoy Facebook posts.

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Assiniboine Credit Union in Winnipeg contacted the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on February 15, two days after Trudeau invoked the Emergencies Act. 

The credit union had staff monitor a client’s social media accounts and “pick through months’ worth of chequing account transactions including a $29 deposit”, according to Blacklock’s Reporter

“Prior to this decision by the federal government, account activity was being monitored but not deemed illegal,” the credit union’s management wrote. 

A February 15 police memo described the customer as a “well known anti-vax”.

Desjardins, another credit union in Quebec, reported a couple to the RCMP for spending money on signs and protest-related supplies. “The money is used to pay some bills regarding marketing like signs and paper for the (protest),” Desjardin wrote. “We are waiting for more instructions in regards of the above.” 

Following the Trudeau government’s invocation of the Emergencies Act, hundreds of peaceful protestors had their bank accounts frozen by the government, often leaving families in very difficult situations with no access to funds.

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