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Canadian Constitution Foundation names new litigation director

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 @ 11:43 AM | By John Chunn

The Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF) announced the appointment of Christine Van Geyn as its new litigation director.

“We hired Christine for this role because of her outstanding advocacy experience and her long-standing commitment to the principles of freedom,” CCF executive director, Joanna Baron was quoted as saying in a press release.

“We are confident that Christine will be a forceful voice for the values of liberty and constitutionalism and that she will bring novel cases to CCF that will have a positive lasting impact on Canada’s legal culture,” added Baron.

According to the CCF’s news release, Van Geyn laid out some of CCF’s top priorities for the coming year:

“Now more than ever, Canadians rights and basic freedoms are coming under attack. During this precarious time, voices like the CCF’s are crucial for protecting individual liberties. Whether it is the government’s response to COVID-19, the suppression of free expression, or government restrictions to access to health care, the CCF will be present to act as ‘Freedom’s Defence Team.’ ” I am incredibly proud to join that team as the new litigation director.”

Van Geyn is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School and the University of Toronto (Trinity College). She also studied at the New York School of Law. Prior to joining the CCF, Van Geyn was the Ontario director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, where she was involved in numerous constitutional cases, including as an intervener in the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act constitutional reference, and an intervener in the challenge to the Ontario legislation shrinking the size of Toronto City Council.