Winnipeg ‘Freedom Convoy’ plans are off

Winnipeg ‘Freedom Convoy’ plans are off

An anti-government protest group called Canada Unity, is cancelling its plans to protest the event in Winnipeg this February.

Canada Unity, one of the anti-government protest groups behind the protests that headlined early last year, is calling off its plans to restage the event in Winnipeg this February.

Canada Unity, one of the anti-government protest groups behind the protests that headlined early last year, is calling off its plans to restage the event in Winnipeg this February.

“The Canada Unity Official Freedom Convoy 2.0 Reunion that was scheduled for Feb. 17 to 20th, 2023, is hereby officially being issued a 10-7 ‘out of service,” James Bauder wrote in a release posted to the group’s Facebook page.

Bauder, who founded the protest group, said in December he was bringing the event back to Ottawa, running it at an anonymous location outside Ottawa and making daily convoys to Parliament Hill. After Ottawa police said they would have zero tolerance for the event, Bauder moved it to Winnipeg.

He has now cancelled that, too.

In his Facebook post, he mentioned security breaches and personal attacks for the call-off.

Despite the fact the event was set in Winnipeg, he said he was concerned he could be charged under Ontario’s new Bill 100, which was passed last year after the first convoy protests.

Winnipeg truck

The law, named the “keeping Ontario open for business act,” prohibits protests at protected transportation infrastructure, including airports and border crossings.

The law also allows police to seize drivers’ licences and licence plates used in these protests.

Bauder was among dozens of individuals detained in February 2022 during the first convoy.

One of his bail conditions prohibits him from travelling to downtown Ottawa.

The original convoy blocked several areas around Parliament Hill for three weeks. Demonstrations also shut down at least four border crossings elsewhere in the country.

The protests forced the federal government to invoke the Emergencies Act.

Canada Unity, one of the anti-government protest groups behind the protests that headlined early last year, is calling off its plans to restage the event in Winnipeg this February.

A public inquiry that investigated the government’s decision to invoke the Emergencies Act held six weeks of public hearings in the fall, which detailed the dysfunction within the various groups organizing the protests and the police forces and governments trying to end them.

A final report from that inquiry is expected next month.

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