Texts From Liberal Government Staffer Shows Deliberate Effort To Smear Freedom Convoy

Written By Wyatt Claypool, Posted on October 31, 2022

In text messages released during the Public Order Emergency Commission (POEC), it was revealed that there was coordination between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office and Liberal Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino to smear the Freedom Convoy.

Pro-convoy Canadians would be right to point out that it was already obvious that Trudeau and the Liberal Party had it out for the truckers and their supporters, but the texts between a PMO staffer and a staffer working for Mendicino expose the narrative game they were playing. 

Mary-Liz Power, who works for Trudeau’s office, texted Alexander Cohen, who works in Mendicino’s office, a sample of the email she was sending to someone else in the PMO coordinating pushing a January th6 style narrative about the Freedom Convoy.

Power wrote that:

I think there could be an opportunity to get in on this growing narrative of the truckers, particularly with the research that LRB is doing into their backers. My thoughts of the framing here would be similar to what the PM/[MP Bill Blair] said when last year January 6th occured:

To be clear, there is nothing wrong with forming a narrative the government creates around an issue, people with clashing ideologies will form different narratives. The issue is what Power’s is proposing, which is evidentially reflective of the whole PMO’s approach, is to knowingly smear the Freedom Convoy by inferring it is like January 6th without evidence other than a couple nobodies making “exreme comments”. 

What makes the text exchange even worse is the follow-up Alex Cohen’s made after speaking to Mendicino, making it clear that they wanted extreme elements in the Freedom Convoy.

Cohen wrote:

I had an initial chat with my boss and he’s supportive, but wants to wait a day or two. 

There’s a danger that if we come down too hard, they might push out the crazies.

Cohen is effectively saying that he knows that any individuals in the Freedom Convoy that say extreme or crazy things are a tiny minority and can be tossed out easily if they are highlighted by the government or the media.

A good example of this would be Patrick King. King was not an organizer of the convoy and as soon as Liberal Party officials and members of the legacy media started trying to portray King as an organizer, the real organizes (ie. Tamara Lich, Benjamin Dichter, and Christ Barber) immediately condemned him and stated that he was never an actual organizer and just an individual following the convoy.

Effectively Liberal Party staffers in this text chain are acknowledging that Justin Trudeau and Marco Mendicino are more partners with Patrick King than the Freedom Convoy is. The real convoy organizers were annoyed with King’s presence and constant mouthing-off on social media, but the Liberal Party saw him as a valuable asset in their smear campaign. 

Marco Mendicino, in his alluded-to discussion with Cohen, apparently knew if he specifically called out problem people the convoy organizers would agree with him they were “crazies” and affirm they are not affiliated with one another. Mendocino knows the convoy organizers were responsible people who were not themselves the “crazies” which should be seen as a ringing endorsement of the Freedom Convoy. 

Left to Right: Chris Barber, Benjamin Dichter, Tamara Lich.

Mendocino and Trudeau, when they testify at the Public Order Emergency Commission (POEC), should be asked what their criticisms of actual organizers like Tamara Lich and Benjamin Dichter are because, apparently, they do not view them as unreasonable individuals. 

Of course, Justin Trudeau cannot justify invoking the Emergencies Act if there was a mass protest outside of Parliament, organized by reasonable individuals, that he consistently refused to speak to.

Wyatt Claypool

Wyatt is a student at Mount Royal University, where he is the president of its Campus Conservative club. In his writing, he focuses on covering provincial and federal politics, firearms regulation, and the energy sector. Wyatt has also previously written for The Post Millennial.

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