NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh’s brother-in-law has asked for his $13,000 GoFundMe donation to the trucker convoy to be returned, according to an NDP source.
The development comes as the convoy rolls toward Ottawa, hoping to convince the government to remove vaccine mandates upon their arrival.
As first reported by CBC News, the source said there was a “misunderstanding” in what the donation would be for, and once Singh’s brother-in-law, Jodhveer Singh Dhaliwal, understood the “true nature of this organization,” he requested his funds to be returned.
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Singh, meanwhile, has spoken out against the convoy — and his brother-in-law’s donation.
“I unequivocally disagree with him about this donation and told him so. I am against this convoy and against the dangerous and divisive rhetoric we’re seeing coming from it,” he said.
“I understand people are frustrated that we’re still in this pandemic two years later. The best way to get out of this pandemic, and to keep ourselves, our families and our communities safe, is to get vaccinated and to listen to public health experts.”
The convoy initially kicked off with a focus on opposing vaccine mandates — especially the one aimed at truckers. The government announced in November 2021 that all Canadian truckers looking to cross the border from the United States would need to be vaccinated in order to avoid a 14-day quarantine.
Singh himself said he is “extremely concerned” by “the false information, the inflammatory, divisive and hateful comments coming out of this campaign.”
He added that he is “extremely concerned by reports of attempts of turning this convoy into a Canadian version of the attack on democracy at the U.S. Capitol last year on January 6.”
“Let us be clear, democracy must not be intimidated. Leaders and politicians in Canada have a duty to end divisive rhetoric and end the flaming of hatred,” he said.