John Carpay is the President of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF), Canada. JCCF was founded in 2010 with the mission to defend the constitutional freedoms of Canadians through litigation and education.
John has been a voice for freedom in Canada’s courtrooms since 2001 and has argued against unequal taxation on the grounds of race, ancestry, descent and ethnicity in Benoit v. Canada; championed racial equality before the Supreme Court of Canada in R. v. Kapp; defended freedom of expression in Whatcott v. Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission, and in Lund v. Boissoin. John’s involvement in Kingstreet Investments v. New Brunswick led to a victory for taxpayers and for democratic accountability, with the Supreme Court of Canada recognizing the principle of “no taxation without representation.” In Wilson v. University of Calgary, John advocates for the right of tuition-paying students to express their opinions on campus in the face of the university’s censorship demands. The court actions of Allen v. Alberta and Cross v. Alberta seek to empower citizens with the right to access health care outside of the unaccountable government monopoly with its long and painful waiting lists.
John has been awarded with the Pyramid Award for Ideas and Public Policy in recognition of his success in building up and managing a non-profit organization to defend the constitutional freedoms of Canadians.
John has earned his B.A. in Political Science at Laval University in Quebec City, and his LL.B. from the University of Calgary.
John served the Canadian Taxpayers Federation as Alberta Director from 2001 to 2005, advocating for lower taxes, less waste, and accountable government. During that time, Alberta Venture magazine named him as one of Alberta’s 50 most influential people. The Edmonton Sun described him as the "unofficial leader of the opposition".