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John Carpay

Calgary lawyer and president of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (www.JCCF.ca)

John Carpay was born in the Netherlands, and grew up in British Columbia. He earned his B.A. in Political Science at Laval University in Quebec City, and his LL.B. from the University of Calgary. Fluent in English, French, and Dutch, John served the Canadian Taxpayers Federation as Alberta Director from 2001 to 2005, advocating for lower taxes, less waste, and accountable government. As the founder and president of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF), John has devoted his legal career to defending constitutional freedoms through litigation and education. In 2010, John received the Pyramid Award for Ideas and Public Policy in recognition of his work in constitutional advocacy, and his success in building up and managing a non-profit organization to defend citizens’ freedoms. John Carpay serves on the Board of Advisors of iJustice, an initiative of the Centre for Civil Society, India.

Called to the bar in 1999, John has been an advocate for freedom and the rule of law in constitutional cases across Canada, including Canada v. Benoit (Federal Court of Appeal, 2003; racial equality); Kingstreet Investments v. New Brunswick (Supreme Court of Canada, 2007; government accountability; no taxation without representation); R. v. Kapp (Supreme Court of Canada, 2008; racial equality); Boissoin v. Lund (Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, 2009; freedom of expression); Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission v. Whatcott (Saskatchewan Court of Appeal, 2010; freedom of expression); the JCCF’s court cases and out-of-court victories (since 2010).
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Mischaracterizing Faith As Hate Gets Us Nowhere

In a free society, the government does not try to force the "traditionalists" or the "progressives" to abandon their beliefs and practices. A free society allows TWU to form and maintain its own religious community, with its own rules and practices, which no person is compelled to join
06/29/2016 04:07 EDT
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The Law Society of Upper Canada Is Attacking Charter Freedoms

The Law Society of Upper Canada -- now with the Court's approval -- won't recognize TWU's law degree solely because the person who earned that degree decided, while studying law, to join others in a religious community where people share a personal commitment to traditional marriage. Lawyers have the freedom to advocate for, and practice, their moral beliefs about sexuality. This reflects a basic respect for fundamental Charter freedoms. So why should it be any different for those seeking to enter the legal profession?
08/05/2015 08:28 EDT
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The Law Society of Upper Canada Is Attacking Charter Freedoms

The Law Society of Upper Canada -- now with the Court's approval -- won't recognize TWU's law degree solely because the person who earned that degree decided, while studying law, to join others in a religious community where people share a personal commitment to traditional marriage. Lawyers have the freedom to advocate for, and practice, their moral beliefs about sexuality. This reflects a basic respect for fundamental Charter freedoms. So why should it be any different for those seeking to enter the legal profession?
08/05/2015 08:28 EDT