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For the basketball player of the same name, see Doug Christie (basketball). Doug Christie Leader of the Western Block Party Incumbent Assumed office  November 20, 2005 Preceded by First Leader Born 1946 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Political party Western Block Party Residence Victoria, British Columbia, Canada Occupation Lawyer Douglas Hewson Christie, Jr., known as Doug Christie, (born April 1946) is a Canadian lawyer and far-right political activist based in Victoria, British Columbia. Contents 1 Career 2 Politics 3 Canadian Free Speech League 4 Professional conduct 4.1 Law Society of Upper Canada 4.2 The Law Society of British Columbia 5 Electoral record 6 References 7 External links Career Christie was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and graduated from the law school of the University of British Columbia in 1970. He is the founder and general counsel of the Canadian Free Speech League and is best known for defending individuals accused of Nazi war crimes or racist, anti-Semitic or neo-Nazi activity. He is also the founder and leader of the Western Canada Concept, a separatist party of British Columbia and The Western Block Party, a right-wing political party advocating the separation of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba from Canadian Confederation. He was the founding leader of the national Western Canada Concept, but was removed from the leadership in 1981. He was subsequently denied membership in the party's Alberta branch. He first came to national attention as a lawyer in 1983 when he became James Keegstra's attorney after the schoolteacher was fired from his job and criminally charged with willfully promoting hatred by teaching his students that there was a Jewish conspiracy, along with spreading other antisemitic ideas. His defence of Keegstra brought him to the attention of Ernst Zündel who retained Christie in September 1984 to defend him against criminal charges related to Holocaust denial with co-counsel Barbara Kulaszka. Christie would act as Zündel's attorney in several cases over the subsequent two decades up to his deportation from Canada in 2005. Christie's advocacy on behalf of Keegstra and Zündel has led to him acting as legal counsel in a number of notable cases involving far-right figures including: Ernst Zündel Terry Long, former leader of the Aryan Nations in Canada; Malcolm Ross of New Brunswick who, like Keegstra, was a teacher fired for anti-Semitic activity; three alleged leaders of the Ku Klux Klan in Manitoba; Rudy Stanko of the World Church of the Creator; Tony McAleer after he was charged with broadcasting hate speech over the phone and online; John Ross Taylor of the Western Guard Party and Aryan Nations; Imre Finta who was alleged to be a Nazi war criminal and collaborator (see R. v. Finta); Doug Collins, a late newspaper columnist brought before the British Columbia Human Rights Commission for antisemitic and racist comments; Paul Fromm, head of the far-right "Citizens for Foreign Aid Reform" and "Canadians for Freedom of Expression", and participant in neo-Nazi and racist gatherings, who was fired from his job as a teacher for his political activity; Lady Jane Birdwood, a British follower of Oswald Mosley and distributor of hate propaganda; Wolfgang Droege of the Heritage Front; David Ahenakew, who acknowledged making antisemitic comments in a 2002 interview with the Saskatoon StarPhoenix Christie posted material on the former website operated by Bernard Klatt, on what had been called "Canada's most notorious source of hate propaganda."[1][2] Politics He became leader of British Columbia's provincial WCC, and led it through provincial elections in that province through the 1980s and 1990s. Christie never won a seat at the provincial or federal level, nor did the BC WCC ever win any seats in the provincial elections it contested. Christie continues to run an organization with the "Western Canada Concept" name, but it is no longer a registered political party except at the provincial level in British Columbia, which has relatively lax party registration laws.[citation needed] In 2005, Christie announced his intention to form a new federal political party to be called the Western Block Party which would be a Western Canadian version of the Bloc Québécois in that its role in the Canadian House of Commons would be to act as a regional separatist party. The WCC and WBP are not affiliated with the Separation Party of Alberta or the Western Independence Party of Saskatchewan. Officials in these parties have distanced themselves from Christie - for example, they do not include links to the WCC or WBP on their websites even though the SPA and WIPS do link to one another. The WBP was officially registered with Elections Canada prior to the 2006 federal election. Christie ran in the riding of Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca in British Columbia, finishing fifth in a field of six. Canadian Free Speech League Christie is general counsel for an organization called the Canadian Free Speech League (CFSL), which has presented its "George Orwell Award" to controversial figures including BC columnist Doug Collins, who authored an article titled Swindler's List attacking Steven Spielberg's Holocaust film Schindler's List.[3] Professional conduct Law Society of Upper Canada The Law Society of Upper Canada looked into disciplining Christie for his conduct during the Imre Finta trial. The Society's discipline chair, Harvey Strosberg, declined to issue a complaint against Christie but stressed that Christie's remarks during the trial "clearly disclose that he has crossed the line separating counsel from client: he has made common cause with a small, lunatic, anti-Semitic fringe element in our society. We know who Mr. Christie is. Suffering Mr. Christie's words and opinions is part of the price one pays for upholding and cherishing freedom of speech in a free and democratic society. And society must be willing to accept this price. Mr. Christie's anti-Semitic comments were not akin to the cry of fire in a crowded theatre. His theatre was mostly empty."[3] The Law Society of British Columbia On 11 September 2007, The Law Society of British Columbia issued a hearing report[4] finding that Christie had committed professional misconduct in his civil litigation practice. Christie had been cited for his role in preparing and signing certain improper documents headed ‘Subpoena for Documents’ and having them served on parties uninvolved in the litigation. Christie was seeking, from a hospital, a bank, and a traveller cheque company, private health and financial records. In British Columbia, according to expert testimony heard by the Law Society’s hearing panel, “litigants are not entitled to compel testimony from a third party prior to trial without a court order nor to compel the production of documents from a third party prior to trial or from a third party not called on a trial without a court order.” The Law Society hearing panel found that some of Christie’s testimony in his own defence was not believable. The panel found that Christie’s conduct was dishonourable, and that in his zeal to pursue the case on behalf of his clients, Christie had overlooked his professional responsibilities. On 17 December 2007, the Law Society’s panel gave its decision on the penalty to be imposed on Christie.[5][6] The panel noted that prior to this incident, Christie’s professional conduct record had been unblemished for over 30 years. The panel accepted that Christie’s professional misconduct arose out of stress and an excessive zeal to help his client, rather than a desire for personal gain. The panel therefore imposed a fine on Christie of $2,500. The panel ordinarily would have ordered Christie to pay the Law Society’s costs and expenses of the hearing, which in this case amounted to approximately $50,000. However, the panel had evidence that Christie’s annual income over the past five years had averaged slightly over $50,000 net before tax. Therefore the panel required Christie to pay $20,000 in respect of costs, rather than the full amount. Electoral record Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca - Canadian federal election, 2006 Party Candidate Votes % ±%      Liberal Keith Martin 20,761 34.93% -0.36% $79,041      New Democrat Randall Garrison 18,595 31.29% +0.67% $75,094      Conservative Troy DeSouza 16,327 27.47% +3.31% $83,818      Green Mike Robinson 3,385 5.70% -3.54% $1,911      Western Block Party Doug Christie 272 0.46% - $98      Canadian Action David Piney 89 0.15% -0.10% $3,523 Total valid votes 59,429 100.00% Total rejected ballots 112 0.2% Turnout 59,541 68.9% References ^ Notorious Internet service closes B.C. to continue probe of Klatt BY ROSS HOWARD British Columbia Bureau 455 words 28 April 1998 The Globe and Mail ^ Vacca, John R. (2005). Computer forensics: Computer Crime Scene Investigation (Second ed.). Hingham, Mass: Charles River Media. pp. 420. ISBN 1-58450-389-0.  ^ a b NOW On / Newsfront / Newsfront / Sep 14 - 20, 2000 ^ The Law Society of British Columbia (2007-09-11). "2007 LSBC 41, Decision of the Hearing Panel on Facts and Verdict". Hearing Reports & Admissions. Retrieved 2008-04-05.  ^ The Law Society of British Columbia (2008-01-15). "2008 LSBC 01, Decision of the Hearing Panel on Penalty". Hearing Reports & Admissions. Retrieved 2008-04-05.  ^ Marco Morelli, The Canadian Press (2008-04-04). "Controversial lawyer Doug Christie cited for misconduct by B.C. Law Society". Retrieved 2008-04-05.  External links Douglas Christie official site Western Block Party official site Western Canada Concept official site Preceded by Party Created Leader of the Western Block Party 2005–present Succeeded by incumbent Persondata Name Christie, Doug Alternative names Short description Date of birth Place of birth Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Date of death Place of death