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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).