Top During the January protests, Biden administration officials pressed Canada to remove trucks that were blocking areas of the US-Canada border.
On Thursday, a public investigation into the Canadian government’s use of emergency powers to remove the “Freedom Convoy” protestors found that Washington frantically called Ottawa to release supply lines.
According to Politico, following a Feb. 10 phone conversation with White House National Economic Council Director Brian Deese, Canadian Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland emailed her team, “They are very, very, very frightened.”
“If this is not fixed properly in the next 12 hours, all of their northeastern auto facilities will shut down,” Freeland wrote.
The article says that Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg called Transport Minister Omar Alghabra on the same day that Deese called Freeland and asked about Canada’s “strategy to deal with” the protests.
Alghabra told the panel that Buttigieg initiated the conversation and that it was “strange.”
White House officials like National Security Council head Juan Gonzalez also met with Canadian prime minister’s deputy chief of staff Brian Clow to link Canadian national security agencies to the US Department of Homeland Security.
In a phone call on February 11, Trudeau told President Biden that Ottawa had a plan to get rid of the blockades.
In his chat with Trudeau, Biden allegedly mentioned trucker convoys threatening to disrupt the Super Bowl in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.
After Trudeau’s discussion with Biden, Freeland emailed employees that the Democrats requested daily protest reports, but the Emergencies Act was activated three days later.
Canada was “in the process of doing long-term and possibly irreversible damage to our economic relationship with the United States,” Freeland told Canadian investigators.
The inquiry ruled that the Manitoba and Detroit-Windsor border blockades were lifted before the Emergency Services Act was invoked.