Jodhveer Singh Dhaliwal rescinded his donation after learning where the money would go, said an NDP source
Records show that the New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh’s brother-in-law, Jodhveer Singh Dhaliwal, donated more than $10,000 to Freedom Convoy 2022’s GoFundMe page — a fundraiser standing as of today at just over $6 million in donations with more than 79,300 donors.
Jagmeet Singh has condemned the convoy of truckers driving from British Columbia to Ottawa in protest of cross-border vaccine mandates, stating that some people involved are promoting “false information” through “inflammatory, divisive and hateful comments.”
The Toronto MP told CBC News he doesn’t support a campaign that harbours “extremist and dangerous views” and “unequivocally” disapproves of his brother-in-law’s decision to donate $13,000.
“[I] … 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,” Singh said.
Dhaliwal, according to an NDP source, rescinded his donation after learning what the money was used for. His name, however, still appears as a top donor on the fundraiser’s website.
“There was a misunderstanding,” the source said. “Once he understood the true nature of this organization, a process was started to return the donation.”
Singh’s brother-in-law made headlines in March 2021 for an altercation during a pro-India rally last year. Dhaliwal was charged with assault causing bodily harm, Peel Regional Police had said in a news release.
When asked about the incident, an NDP spokeswoman said Singh and the party believe “everyone, everywhere should have the right to protest peacefully.”
“No one should be confronted by violence for expressing their point of view.”