Elon Musk compared Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to genocidal dictator Adolf Hitler in a rousing meme criticizing his crackdown on the Freedom Convoy protests.
Musk, the world’s richest man and proponent of cryptocurrencies, posted the meme on Twitter early Thursday morning, responding to reports that the Mounties are trying to freeze crypto wallets related to the protests.
The image shows Nazi dictator Hitler with the text: “Stop comparing me to Justin Trudeau… I had a budget.” The reference to “budget” is unclear and suggests the meme is recycled from some previous controversy over Canada’s government spending.
Musk responded to a CoinDesk report that indicated that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police had ordered Canadian exchanges to stop facilitating any transactions from 34 cryptocurrency wallets linked to the protests.
Elon Musk compared Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to genocidal dictator Adolf Hitler in a rousing meme criticizing his crackdown on protests.
Musk, the world’s richest man and proponent of cryptocurrencies, posted a meme on Twitter early Thursday morning, responding to reports that the Mounties were seeking to freeze crypto wallets.
Following the application of the Emergency Act this week for the first time in 50 years, Trudeau now has emergency powers, including seizing assets such as bank accounts without judicial review or ordinary due process.
Justice Secretary Trudeau warned that people who donated to support the Freedom Convoy “should worry” about having their bank accounts frozen, saying they are part of a “pro-Trump movement.”
Attorney General David Lametti made the remark in an interview with CTV on Wednesday night, where host Evan Solomon insisted whether ordinary citizens who donated to the protests should worry about having their accounts confiscated.
“If you are a member of the Trump supporter movement and donate hundreds of thousands of dollars and even millions of dollars to things like this, you should be worried,” Lametti said.
Lametti defended the government’s confiscation of bank accounts associated with vaccination mandate protests as a mere “extension” of the procedures used to stop “terrorism financing”.
About 44 percent of the nearly $10 million in donations to support the protesters came from US donors, according to hacked donor files. The leaked files list about 92,800 individual donors.
After applying the Emergency Act this week for the first time in 50 years, Trudeau now has emergency powers, including seizing assets such as bank accounts.
Canadian Justice Minister David Lametti warned that people who donated to the Freedom Convoy “should be concerned” that their bank accounts could be frozen.
In an interview with CTV on Wednesday, Lametti faced tough questioning over what remedies ordinary citizens would have if their bank accounts were illegally frozen.
“We are already doing this with terrorist financing, we are already doing this with money laundering,” he replied.
“What we are doing is extending the same principles and procedures to this situation,” Lametti explained.
Lametti said the process depended on the “reasonableness” of investigators, including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, to identify bank accounts for confiscation.
The list of sponsors for the GiveSendGo campaign, which raised over $8.6 million to support the protest, is now public information after hackers stole the information and made it public.
Many protest organizers have reported freezing their bank accounts, but it is not clear if Trudeau’s government has taken steps to confiscate the assets of ordinary citizens who simply donated to the protests.
An Ontario police vehicle is parked near an ongoing protest against a blockade of truckers in Ottawa on Thursday. Hundreds of truckers who crammed the streets of Canada’s capital to protest COVID-19 restrictions prepare for crackdown
Ontario provincial police officers walk ahead of an ongoing protest against a blockade of truckers in Ottawa on Thursday.
The gang is putting up more fences on Ottawa’s Parliament Hill as truckers and supporters continue to protest there on Thursday.
Under the Emergency Act, the Mounties have already requested a freeze on more than 30 cryptocurrency wallets believed to be related to the protests, several Canadian exchanges told the Financial Post.
The RCMP urged exchanges to immediately disclose “any transaction or purported transaction information” associated with wallet addresses.
“Unfortunately, the Emergency Economic Action Order is indiscriminately targeting the entire crypto ecosystem,” Toronto-based exchange CoinSmart said in a statement. “We will cooperate with the OPP and the RCMP and comply with our obligations, if any, under the Emergency Economic Action Order.”
Meanwhile, Trudeau faced his own controversy over Nazi comparisons.
Trudeau was reprimanded in Parliament on Wednesday when he accused Conservative MP Melissa Lanzman, who is Jewish, of “standing with people waving swastikas” after she criticized his handling of the Freedom Convoy protests. .
This is the second time Trudeau has claimed that protesters are waving swastikas, and he vilified them as “swastika-waving” in the first week of protests. A flag with a Nazi symbol was spotted in the early days of the protests, but a reporter did not see any flags at the Ottawa protest.
Lanzman demanded an apology from Trudeau on Wednesday evening.
“He hasn’t apologized and I expect an apology,” Lantzman said in an interview with Fox News. “I think the division in this country is growing, and it’s growing because of the Prime Minister’s rhetoric about this.”