The Prime Minister’s chief bureaucrats laughed off the potential of Antifa violence against the United We Roll Convoy, exclusive new access to information documents reveal.
February 20, 2019, the Convoy of 200 trucks, led by central Alberta businessman Glen Carritt reached Ottawa after a week on the road. They had come to protest, among other things, anti-oil and gas bills C-69 and C-48. We embedded Keean Bexte to bring you the other side of the story from inside the convoy. You can see his coverage at RebelConvoy.com.
Once in Ottawa, not a single Liberal politician came out to meet the frustrated truckers and their supporters.
Suspecting that a failure to meet with the convoy didn't mean that the government was not concerned about the convoy, we filed an ATIP into the Privy Council office to find out what the bureaucrats closest to Trudeau were saying and planning as the convoy converged on the nation’s capital.
We received back over 200 pages of documents showing the truckers were treated as a major security threat, but the Antifa goons who greeted them once in Ottawa were treated as a “fun bit”.
Almost immediately once the bureaucrats in the Privy Council Office realized that Glenn Carritt and the gang were serious about bringing their concerns and their trucks to Ottawa, the PCO crisis management cell took the lead with intelligence gathering and security planning, sending out emails to ministries, warning them about the UWR convoy headed to town.
The crisis management cell became aware of a counter-protest, writing in one intel report;
“As requested, our research showed a planned anti-pipeline demonstration. Tuesday at 10 AM- 1 PM, a counter-demonstration will gathering at the 45 O'Connor- World Exchange Plaza”
In a February 17 crisis management cell dossier compiled on both the United We Roll Convoy and the potential for a counter-protest, officials downplay the potential of violence from the counter-protestors:
“Tuesday at 10 AM- 1 PM, a counter-demonstration will be hosted at 45 O'Connor World Exchange Plaza. A group has released a call for actions on social media. They are asking people to organize in Ottawa and in all the cities along the planned route of the truck convoy, from February 14 to 19. The group will be monitoring the convoy's journey through Canada, but have not signaled any plans to intercept the party as of yet.”
Antifa, by then, had already tried to block a Manitoba highway to stop the convoy, one day previous to the date on the dossier.
Then, in the same dossier, officials identify the counter-protest as Antifa:
“The group is comprised of people who are sympathetic to environmentalist, anti-colonialist, and anti-fascist movements.”
A later email from William Simmering of the crisis management cell jokes about the potential confrontation between Antifa and UWR:
“I've attached our latest demo info sheet, updated last night. The fun bit is the counter-protest is gathering at 45 O'Connor (World Exchange Plaza).”
That “fun bit” was Antifa, whose members attacked Keean on Parliament Hill, breaking his phone as police looked on.
"We will always support Canadians advocating on behalf of our energy sector. Canadians from coast to coast to coast understand the importance of getting our resources to market. It is essential that this message not be co-opted by divisive language that tries to pit one part of the country or one group of people against another."
Despite estimates being redacted in some parts of the document package, the bureaucrats put the tally of Antifa protesters at over 100. Further emails indicate that the truckers were relegated to the snowed-in areas while Antifa was allowed on the paved and clear parts of Parliament Hill.
This exclusive ATIP at 200 pages long is ten times longer than the 22 pages we got back in access to information requests about the invite of the alleged violent rapist alleged possible Taliban sympathizer Joshua Boyle to the Prime Minister's office.