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Freedom Convoy Trucks in Ottawa, February 2022. Photo: Donna Laframboise
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Harold Jonker charged 14 months after Freedom Convoy ends

Ottawa police have peculiar priorities

by Donna Laframboise

Yesterday, I told you about Harold Jonker, of Jonker Trucking, a small company in southern Ontario. 12 Jonker trucks took part in the Freedom Convoy. Half were owned by the company, the others were owned by drivers who work for it.

When the police violently shut things down, two Jonker trucks were seized and towed. Police smashed in the windows of one of those trucks (the passenger side, and the bunk window). Impounded vehicles can’t be claimed for seven days, so Harold had to return to Ottawa more than once to retrieve these trucks and arrange for repairs. Also around that time, the Ontario government suspended Jonker Trucking’s business registration for a week.

In an interview last year, Harold told me what this meant: “All our drivers, even the drivers that didn’t go to Ottawa, they couldn’t work. So we obviously had to take care of that. So, as a business, we paid for their salary, their wages for a week.”

But the system wasn’t done with Harold. More than 14 months after the Freedom Convoy left Ottawa, the police in that city issued a warrant for his arrest. He has since been fingerprinted and faces four nonsensical criminal charges, including mischief. As he says in the video above, these all relate to his involvement “in a beautiful, peaceful, wonderful Convoy that gave so many Canadians hope and joy.”

Has every murder been solved in our nation’s capital? Has every rapist been apprehended? Crime Stoppers tells us about numerous assaults, threats with a weapon, burglaries, and arson.

The police in that city have peculiar priorities.

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Donna Laframboise writes a daily blog at  ThankYouTruckers.substack.comIt is a first draft of her upcoming book that focuses on interviews with Freedom Convoy truckers. She is a former National Post and Toronto Star columnist, and a former Vice President of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.