The Fraser Institute

The Fraser Institute

November 28, 2007 11:00 ET

Media Advisory: Fraser Institute Hosts Discussion on Race-Based Fisheries

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 28, 2007) - In 1992, despite the protests of fishermen from across a wide ethnic segment, the federal government implemented a race-based fishery that gave Musqueam and Tsawwassen band members exclusive commercial fishing privileges and fishing times, excluding all other fishermen, regardless of race, religion or colour.

Join John Carpay, executive director of the Canadian Constitution Foundation, for a discussion on Race-Based Fisheries: A Case Study, at a Fraser Institute luncheon in Vancouver on Friday, November 30.

For fishermen of Japanese descent, racist policies in commercial fishery bring back memories of the federal government's attempts to push Japanese Canadian fishermen out of B.C.'s commercial fishery in the 1920s. Japanese Canadian fishermen challenged these racist policies in court, arguing for racial equality. In 1928 the Supreme Court of Canada agreed and ruled that race should not play any part in fish licensing policy.

On December 11, The Supreme Court of Canada will hear R. v. Kapp, a constitutional challenge to the federal government's current fisheries policy. Carpay represents the Japanese Canadian Fishermen's Association, which is intervening in R. v. Kapp to argue that racial segregation of the workplace violates Canada's constitution.

Carpay is the executive director of the Calgary-based Canadian Constitution Foundation which intervenes in court cases in support of individual freedom, economic freedom, and equality before the law. He earned his law degree at the University of Calgary and was called to the Alberta Bar in 1999.

Date: Friday, November 30, 2007

Time: 12:15 pm-1:30 pm

(Carpay will speak from 12:15 pm-1:00 pm, followed by 30 minutes of

Location: Fraser Institute Boardroom
4th Floor, 1770 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC

Interested media are invited to attend.

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