John Carpay maintains pride flag can represent 'attack against our fundamental freedoms' at Calgary conference - 2019-02-09
The president of a conservative-leaning legal advocacy group who was widely criticized for comparing Nazi and communist symbols to "the rainbow flag" in a speech last November said the symbol of inclusion can still represent "an attack against our fundamental freedoms" in a speech on Saturday.
John Carpay, president of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, was scheduled to speak on "parental rights in the GSA era" at the Economic Education Association of Alberta's annual conference in northeast Calgary. Carpay's organization has challenged Bill 24, which strengthened protections for gay-straight alliance clubs in the province's schools and prohibits school staff from telling parents if their children have joined one, unless there are concerns about their safety.
But during his speech, he paraphrased some of the comments he made at a conference hosted by The Rebel, a far-right web site, although claimed on Saturday that he was simply repeating them.