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The Canadian Broadcasting Company is promoting a dangerous, unfounded, and bizarre conspiracy theory that “Russian actors” are behind the “Freedom Convoy” of truckers who are protesting vaccine mandates and government overreach that sounds suspiciously like what American leftists claim.
Anchor Nil Koksal floated the accusation seemingly out of nowhere on the Canadian government-funded network while speaking with Parliament member Marco Mendicino who is also the country’s minister of public safety.
“Given Canada’s support of Ukraine, in this current crisis with Russia, I don’t know if it’s far-fetched to ask,” Koksal posited during the interview. “But there is concern that Russian actors could be continuing to fuel things as this protest grows. Perhaps even instigating it from, from the outset.”
Mendicino appeared to try and deflect from answering the question by Koksal.
“I’m going to defer to our partners in the public safety of trained officials and experts in that area,” he remarked.
“What I can tell you is that we do have courses on site right now who are watching the conduct of this convoy very carefully. And we’re providing direction and guidance to residents to ensure that there is a peaceful protest but, at the same time, providing direction and guidance to residents,” Mendocino asserted.
“And obviously, it’s important that Parliament continue to function. It’s important that we provide essential services to Canadians and those back in the area and all of that will continue on the strength of the advice that we’re getting from police and other partners in the public safety apparatus,” he concluded.
The Post Millenial reported that earlier during that interview Mendicino alleged that the Canadian government has “seen people who are equating vaccine mandates to an ushering in of a new era, like Nazi Germany.” He also alleged that “we’re seeing the flying of Confederate flags, and we’re seeing frankly, some organizers [wanting to] overthrow the government through violence.”
Mendicino also spuriously claimed that the convoy is not truly about freedom, “Frankly, there’s just too much of that from the leaders of this convoy, which is not about freedom. It’s certainly not about truckers…”
A trucker with the Freedom Convoy leads the growing crowd in a round of O Canada at Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
Footage by @PuffinsPictures pic.twitter.com/5fm32vgcOt
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) January 29, 2022
The 50,000 truck drivers forming the convoy are a grassroots movement that obviously has no ties whatsoever to Russia. But the premise of Russian influence is one that has been repeatedly used by Democrats in the United States when attacking former President Trump or stances that they don’t approve of. The Canadian government and media seem to be taking their propaganda cues from the American left.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has condemned the convoy and has said it is comprised of a “small fringe minority” of people who hold “unacceptable views.”
Who’s the ‘fringe minority’? Elon Musk slams Trudeau for downplaying trucker protests, brings receipts https://t.co/xpgfISfUFL pic.twitter.com/ZfIukSS1jU
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) February 2, 2022
“This is the largest fringe minority I’ve ever seen,” @aylmerpastor says. pic.twitter.com/kr9Qa0Exus
— Andrew Lawton (@AndrewLawton) January 30, 2022
This is the scene in Ottawa as the Trucker Freedom Convoy makes their arrival.
Justin Trudeau has left Canada’s capital city.
So much for “small fringe minority”. pic.twitter.com/uHe5KRBEaX
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) January 29, 2022
The protests have now been going on in Canada since January 23. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have warned protesters that things will get ugly if they don’t stop the “Freedom Convoy” campaign.
The Mounties are about to start arresting the truckers as they chant “Freedom! Freedom! Freedom!” at the border standoff pic.twitter.com/FgcL46Z7Vo
— Truckistan Amb. Poso 🏁 (@JackPosobiec) February 1, 2022
CBC is funded by the government of Canada. Koksal’s alarming remarks come as a Canadian elected official in Ottawa reportedly deleted a Tweet that promoted a plan to seize funds raised for the truckers through a GoFundMe account, which surpassed $10 million on Wednesday and was then frozen.
“This morning, I have asked the city manager and city solicitor to immediately 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,” Ottawa City Councilor Mathieu Fleury allegedly tweeted Monday, according to the Daily Mail.
Not long after that, the tweet was deleted. Then the parliament member’s Twitter account was suddenly restricted to only allow “approved followers” to see his tweets.
Freedom Convoy organizers BJ Dichter and Tamara Lich have announced that the proceeds from GoFundMe will go towards fuel for the truckers as well as food and lodgings “to help ease the pressures of this arduous task.”
“Our current government is implementing rules and mandates that are destroying the foundation of our businesses, industries, and livelihoods,” they wrote on the page. “We are a peaceful country that has helped protect nations across the globe from tyrannical governments who oppressed their people, and now it seems it is happening here.”
The scene in Ottawa. I get the impression people here don’t like Trudeau. 😉#freedomconvoy22 pic.twitter.com/1Re5RYkMRD
— Beth Baisch 📸 (@PuffinsPictures) January 29, 2022
Truckers along the border are also raising money through a separate fundraiser spearheaded by Rebel News journalist Ezra Levant, to cover drivers’ legal fees if they end up in jail.
The anchor’s comments were slammed on social media with accusations of CBC parroting government propaganda by offering biased speculation as news:
When in doubt, blame the ever elusive "Russian actors"! https://t.co/ySa8C2HL73
— Nick Short (@PoliticalShort) January 29, 2022
We can only hope and pray that the honorable citizens of Canada start to vote conservatives into office.
— Richard Sparks (@HoneybadgerAVP) January 30, 2022
Liberals have one beat: Russia, Russia, Russia. https://t.co/DLT6oHiPxL
— Buzz Patterson (@BuzzPatterson) January 29, 2022
Soooo….I guess the Hammer and Sickle can be use to hot wire Trucks?
— Crimson_Tides_ 🇺🇸 🇪🇸 🇵🇷 (@FracturedSpline) January 29, 2022
Once again the media believe that they can still fool people with their propaganda bullshit.
— El Primo Nikolay (@ElNikolay) February 1, 2022
How do they say that with a straight face????
— Liz Gordon Martin (@LIzGordonMartin) January 29, 2022
Chapter 1 of the Democrat playbook.
— the-analog-kid (@the_mdwessell) January 30, 2022
#CBC blames Russia for Freedom Convoy… and we pay for this crap.
— Jenny (@JennySinclair25) January 29, 2022
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