Message from the President

John Carpay, B.A., LL.B.
John Carpay, B.A., LL.B.

When the Justice Centre was founded in 2010, there was already a desperate need for Canadian university students facing censorship to have reliable and competent legal representation, free of charge, from a team of experienced lawyers.

Aggressive assaults on campus free speech are a microcosm of the attacks by Canada’s federal and provincial governments and government bodies on our other fundamental freedoms: conscience, religion, association, peaceful assembly, and the right of parents to raise and educate their own children as parents deem best. 

Today, the threats to freedom in Canada on university campuses and in society at large are greater and more numerous than I could have anticipated when the Justice Centre was founded 10 years ago.

Thanks to the generosity of more than 7.000 Canadians from coast to coast, the Justice Centre has grown to become Canada’s leading defender of the fundamental freedoms protected by section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. We have defended freedoms in court from Nanaimo to Newfoundland. 

I look forward to the day when the Justice Centre is no  longer in such high demand because Canadians and their elected governments will have a full understanding of, and a deep appreciation for, the free society, and there will no longer be a need for an organization to defend citizens from their own governments.  But I fear that day is a long, long way into the future.  

In the interim, the Justice Centre will continue to serve as the voice for freedom in Canada’s courtrooms. We will continue to advocate for preserving and enhancing the free society, bearing in mind that “the only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”

I am deeply grateful to the Justice Centre’s generous donors, and to our dedicated staff and Board of Directors.  Working together, we will defend Canada as a free society.