Canada’s government has funneled $105.3 million in taxpayer funds to the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) digital ID program.
Transport Canada, the Canadian government’s transport department, was forced to admit the secret funding effort following pressure from conservative Member of Parliament (MP) Dr. Leslyn Lewis.
Lewis is a vocal critic of the Canadian government’s digital identity (ID) plans.
As Slay News has previously reported, the WEF’s pilot digital ID program is called “Known Traveller Digital Identity” (KTDI).
The Government of Canada previously announced it is working on a new federal “Digital Identity Program” after partnering with Klaus Schwab’s WEF to help develop a global ID system.
The program seeks to create a digital proof-of-identity document for all citizens that is logged in a system used by airports, authorities, and government agencies.
Details about the development of a federal “Digital Identity Program” were first revealed in the Canadian government’s “Canada’s Digital Ambition 2022” report.
The WEF, an international organization that aims to “shape global, regional and industry agendas,” boasts that its KTDI digital ID program is “the first global collaboration of its kind.”
“The Known Traveller Digital Identity, or KTDI, is a World Economic Forum initiative that brings together a global consortium of individuals, governments, authorities, and the travel industry to enhance security in world travel,” the WEF’s “Known Traveler Digital Identity” website says.
Now it has emerged that the government has been pumping tens of millions of tax dollars into the scheme to track its own taxpaying citizens.
MP Lewis was given the information by Transport Canada in its response to an Inquiry of Ministry.
The Inquiry of Ministry is an official request for information that MPs can present in Canada’s House of Commons.
The process unsealed evidence that Transport Canada has already spent $649,501 on the KTDI program which includes $428,671 on salaries and $220,830 on non-salaries.
The Inquiry of Ministry also provided a breakdown of this non-salaries figure which includes travel costs of $38,650, informatics costs of $177,351, and software licenses of $7,902.
However, the sum of these figures was $223,903.
This sum is $3,073 more than the total non-salaries figure listed in the Inquiry of Ministry.
In addition to listing these expenditure figures, Transport Canada also claims that the KTDI program has numerous “envisioned benefits.”
“Neither the Department nor any project partners have been warned of any risks related to participating in the pilot,” the federal department claims.
The Inquiry of Ministry also reveals that the KTDI pilot program was deferred because of the pandemic.
Yet, despite this deferral, the 2021 budget has still allocated $105.3 million to Transport Canada over five years, starting in 2021-22, to “collaborate with international partners to further advance the KTDI pilot project.”
In a tweet about this Inquiry of Ministry, Lewis wrote: “The gov’t finally admitted that they have a $105.3 million contract with the World Economic Forum for the Known Traveler Digital ID…
“It’s no longer a conspiracy theory – it’s a contractual fact!”
Read the Inquiry of Ministry HERE.
Lewis is one of the few Canadian MPs to speak out against this KTDI program and has vowed to end this and all other digital ID programs in Canada.
While the Canadian government is allocating $105.3 million to this KTDI pilot program and claiming that it has been deferred, one of the other partners in this project, the Dutch government, is claiming that the KTDI pilot program has been “paused indefinitely” because of “changed priorities.”
Although this KTDI program is paused, both Canada and the World Economic Forum have big plans for digital ID and other forms of digital surveillance.
Canada is working on a separate federal digital ID program and exploring a central bank digital currency (CBDC).
In addition to these official digital surveillance proposals, Royal Canadian Mounted Police were accused of using malware to spy on lawmakers and the Canadian government even tracked citizens through a federal weather app.
Meanwhile, the World Economic Forum has pushed for digital ID programs around the world, suggested turning heartbeats into digital IDs, and proposed a digital ID system that monitors online behavior, purchases, biometrics, and more.
Outside of digital ID, the World Economic Forum has shared ideas on a personal carbon allowance surveillance system and its website has suggested there are “rational” reasons to microchip children.
Despite Transport Canada’s minimization of any potential risks associated with its KTDI program, the Canadian government’s actions in relation to other surveillance systems tell a different story.
The government has been sued for its imposition of a vaccine passport app, with the lawsuit alleging that the app violates Canadian’s charter rights.
Additionally, lawmakers have said the vaccine passport is about tracking, not health, and citizens who refuse to use the app have been fined.
Yet, proponents of digital ID in Canada insist that criticism of these schemes is “misinformation.”
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