A speech at a Rebel Media event Saturday night has landed a Canadian lawyer in some hot water. Now people from all over Canada are calling him out online for a distasteful and unfair comparison.

John Carpay, who is a Calgary based lawyer, made a speech about populism when he compared the LGBTQ+ flag to the swastika, a symbol used by Nazi's during World War II. The speech was made during the Rebel Media Live event hosted in Calgary on Saturday, November 10th.

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During the speech, Carpay discussed how to beat the totalitarianism in today's world. He further stated that people need to "think about the common characteristics. It doesn't matter whether it's a hammer and sickle for communism, or whether it's the swastika for Nazi Germany or whether it's a rainbow flag, the underlying thing is a hostility to individual freedoms."

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Carpay also compared the blag to the symbol of communism, a hammer and sickle. While the rainbow flag represents the LGBTQ+ community the Nazi swastika is outlawed in Germany due to its dark heritage. During World War II, Hitler and the Nazi party were responsible for killing 6 million Jewish people and thousands of homosexuals. 

Now, Carpay is facing backlash online after his speech with many Canadians calling for him to be disbarred from practising law in Canada. 

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Carpay issued a statement on Sunday, explaining his words during the Rebel Media event. He states that his speech discussed both sides of totalitarianism and a free society. 

The statement and apology read, "I unintentionally drew a broad comparison between the rainbow flag and the flags which bear the symbols of Communism and Nazism. I should not have done so, and I apologize." 

While the Canadian lawyer may be claiming that his comparison was an accident, Canadians are not forgiving him. In fact, they're still ruthlessly calling him out over his statement.

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Carpay is currently the president of the Canadian Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms. In his statement following the speech, the lawyer stated that "Fundamental freedoms need to be defended, regardless of where the attack is coming from."

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