Winnipeg Police Service has laid charges against Alberta Lawyer John Carpay for his alleged involvement in having Manitoba’s Chief Justice Glen Joyal followed during the pandemic in 2021.
Carpay who at the time was the head of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) admitted that he had hired a private investigator in an attempt to catch Joyal breaching COVID-19 restrictions. At the time of the incident, the JCCF was representing several Manitoba churches as they were challenging the public health orders in court. Joyal was the presiding judge hearing the case.
Carpay apologized for his actions to Chief Justice Joyal in a July 12, 2021, court hearing.
Carplay turned himself in to Calgary Police once he learned of the Canada-Wide warrant for his arrest according to a statement from the JCCF. “On Friday, December 30, 2022, the Justice Centre was made aware of a warrant for the arrest of John Carpay. This warrant was apparently issued in connection with the events that took place in 2021 and alleges obstruction of justice. When he was made aware of this warrant, Mr. Carpay immediately turned himself in to Calgary Police Services,” the statement read.
Carplay has been charged for his alleged involvement with Intimidation of a Justice System Participant and Attempt to Obstruct Justice.
Winnipeg Police continue to investigate.