Ottawa mayor says he wants confiscated Freedom Convoy trucks sold, never to return to owners

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Ottawa’s Mayor Jim Watson announced on Saturday that he wants the city to sell the confiscated trucks that were forcibly seized from the “Freedom Convoy” protesters to recoup costs the city incurred in recent weeks trying to quell demonstrations.

Many contend the taking of the vehicles is downright theft. And it’s not just about covering expenses… Watson told the CBC he is directing Ottawa’s solicitor and manager to begin selling the rigs so they cannot be returned to protesters who may use them again.

“We actually have the ability to confiscate those vehicles and sell them. I want to see them sold. I don’t want the return to these people who’ve been causing such frustration and angst in our community,” Watson proclaimed. “You can’t come to Ottawa anymore and shut down our city for four weeks.”

“I’ve asked our solicitor and our city manager, how can we keep the tow trucks and the campers and the vans and everything else that we’ve confiscated, and sell those pieces of equipment to help recoup some of the costs that our taxpayers are absorbing,” Watson asserted, thanking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for empowering him to take what isn’t his. “So that’s one of the provisions of the Emergency Act, and we have been a beneficiary of the Emergency Act.”

“I’ve asked our city manager, for instance, how can we take possession of all of those trucks that have been towed away,” Watson also said on CTV News at Six. “How can we confiscate those and sell those trucks to help pay for some of our costs? I don’t think the taxpayers of Ottawa should be paying for this multi-million dollar bill that we’re going to be saddled with because of the irresponsibility and the illegal activities of a bunch of truckers and others who showed little regard for our community and its people.”

“These people have cost the taxpayers of Ottawa millions and millions of dollars. That’s only police costs. That’s counting all of the extraordinary costs the city has to absorb. Bylaw, fire, paramedics, public works people,” he said. “It shouldn’t be up to the taxpayers of Ottawa to pay for these extraordinary costs through their property taxes. We should ding those people who have caused this chaos.”

In a tweet on Saturday, Ottawa Police made no mention of the city keeping cars or trucks but warned that towed vehicles would be impounded for seven days.

The lid came down on truckers and protesters Friday who had parked their vehicles near the Canadian capital for weeks. Trudeau proceeded to invoke the Emergencies Act, greatly expanding policing power and allowing the government to freeze the credit and bank accounts of those involved in the protests while seizing funds from others who were supporting the “Freedom Convoy.”

By Saturday afternoon, 191 had been arrested. Fifty-three trucks had also been seized according to the CBC. Police issued 391 charges, including mischief and obstructing police.

Mounted police stormed in with horses to disperse protesters, trampling at least one woman with a walker who is still in the hospital. Police fired projectiles at other demonstrators injuring them as well.

On Monday, Trudeau declared that his government still requires emergency powers.

“It became clear that local and provincial authorities needed more tools to restore order and keep people safe,” the prime minister stated during a press conference. “Even though things seem to be resolving very well in Ottawa, this state of emergency is not over.”

Meanwhile, American truckers are gearing up for their own “Freedom Convoy” that will make its way to Washington, D.C. Americans are contributing as much as they can, as fast as they can to the American Truckers Freedom Fund.

“Truckers for Freedom is a group of Truckers from across the USA who are preparing to drive across the country to protest the unscientific, unconstitutional overreach of the federal government,” the fundraising site asserts. “These truckers are risking their livelihoods to restore our freedom, and they need our support. It costs $5,000 in fuel alone to get from California to DC! Support the Truckers for Freedom peacefully fighting back by supporting them today,”


( Note: Olympic Media is helping truckers meet their financial needs)


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