Trudeau Government Moves to Make Expanded Surveillance Powers over Financial Transactions ‘Permanent’

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Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a news conference as truckers and their supporters continue to protest against Covid vaccine mandates in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, February 11, 2022. (Patrick Doyle/Reuters)

As all eyes were trained on the aggressive police sweep of the Ottawa trucker convoy this week, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau’s administration was quietly moving to implement a sweeping expansion of surveillance power at the federal level. 

The Trudeau government’s financial war against the truckers has been covered at length. But one underreported aspect of this broader assault on Canadian civil liberties is the effort to bring crowdfunding and payment service providers — two of the most prominent routes for financial transactions on the Internet — under the permanent control of a centralized government authority.

In a February 14 news conference,

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