Emergencies Act Inquiry: Convoy organizers James Bauder, Tamara Lich, Benjamin Dichter testify|FULL

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Three of the “Freedom Convoy” organizers testified on Thursday before the committee probing the government’s use of the Emergencies Act to bring an end to the protest that occupied Ottawa for weeks early in 2022.

The commission investigated what happened with roughly $25 million worth of donations made through e-transfers, cryptocurrency and fundraising platforms like GiveSendGo and GoFundMe. It also investigated whether the money came from foreign sources and found that it varied significantly based on the fundraiser.

Benjamin Dichter said he helped promote and co-ordinate a cryptocurrency fundraiser for protesters who descended upon Ottawa to oppose COVID-19 mandates last winter.

“Freedom Convoy” organizer Tamara Lich testified that she “never had an agenda” and got involved in the protests to help some truckers “drive across Canada and stand in front of Parliament with some signs.” She added that, at the time, she was growing frustrated by the COVID-19 mandates, saying they were tearing families apart.

A report released by the commission showed that about $1 million was actually spent by the convoy’s various organizers. Approximately $18 million was refunded to donors; the rest was confiscated and put into a third-party fund pending civil court cases.

The inquiry is investigating the events leading up to the federal government’s emergency declaration Feb. 14, weeks into demonstrations that had gridlocked downtown Ottawa and spilled into border blockades elsewhere.

00:00:00 – Start
00:49:03 – Benjamin Dichter begins testimony
02:31:46 – Benjamin Dichter continues testimony after break
04:59:52 – James Bauder begins testimony
07:33:29 – Tamara Lich testifies

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