Military spied on Ottawa truckers’ protest while Trudeau Liberals suggested those claims ‘misinformation’
The claims of Canadian special forces spying from above on the freedom convoy truckers’ protest in January and February, that was dismissed as false by Trudeau and his Liberal government, have discovered to be true.
An eye in the sky aircraft was operated by special forces equipped with surveillance equipment despite a directive prohibiting such activity, reported the Ottawa Citizen.
The directive instructed Canadian Forces vehicles to not fly over the demonstration, but in the report the leaders ignored it because the plane being flown was owned by a private defense contractor.
“The amplifications provided by the RCAF through this directive did not apply to these training activities, which were contracted outside of the RCAF,” National Defence spokesman Dan Le Bouthillier said to the Ottawa Citizen.
The King Air aircraft flew over Ottawa on January 28, 29, February 3, 10, and 11, says Ottawa researcher Steffan Watkins.
After being asked about the surveillance flights during Question Period last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau criticized Conservative MPs, saying they were “dangerously close to misinformation and disinformation.”
“What the member opposite just engaged in is dangerously close to misinformation and disinformation designed to gin up fears and conspiracy theories,” Trudeau said.
The first time National Defence spokesman Dan Le Bouthillier was asked about the flights by Ottawa Citizen he withheld the information of who operated the plane except for just one of the days.
RCMP once claimed they are not subject to the Privacy Act and are allowed to use unlawfully collected data as long as it is collected by a private third party company.