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Allan Memorial Institute Experiments Class Action



The Supreme Court of Canada has rejected our request for permission to appeal. The case is definitively dismissed against the U.S. government, but will continue against the other defendants.


On Thursday, May 30, 2024 at 9:45 A.M., the Supreme Court of Canada will render its decision on whether or not it will grant leave to appeal the judgment of the Court of Appeal of Quebec that granted the U.S. government immunity and dismissed the class action against that defendant only.

You can check the decision by clicking here.


On December 1, 2023, we filed an Application for Permission to Appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada. We are seeking to have the Supreme Court agree to hear our case and, if successful, allow us to proceed with the class action against the U.S. government and not allow them to claim immunity.

We will update this website when we hear from the Supreme Court of Canada as to whether or not they will hear our appeal.


On October 2, 2023, the Court of Appeal rendered judgment dismissing the appeal. This means that the class action would continue as against the Canadian government, the Royal Victoria Hospital and McGill University, but no longer as against the United States. There is still a possibility of appealing this decision to the Supreme Court.

You can view the judgment here.


We are still waiting for a judgment from the Court of Appeal further to the hearing that was held on March 30, 2023. At present, there is no timeline for when this judgment will be issued, but when it is, we will most certainly update you.


The appeal hearing date has been set for March 30, 2023 at 9h30 AM in the Pierre-Basile-Mignault room (RC-08) of the Court of Appeal in located at 100 Notre-Dame St. East, in Montreal, Quebec, H2Y 4B6. The hearing will be held in front of the Honourable Court of Appeal Justices Julie Dutil, Stephen W. Hamilton, and Sophie Lavallée.

You are able to attend the hearing using the following Microsoft Teams
Video Link; however, if you choose to do so, you must keep your camera function off and be on mute, otherwise you will disturb the hearing.

If you are unable to join without having your camera off and sound off, then please join, with your telephone on mute, using one of the following numbers:

1 (438) 802-9865, 459125698# (Montreal)
1 (833) 450-1741, 459125698# (Free)

Please respect the above directives or else you will be disrupting the appeal. In Superior Court, many of you did not follow these instructions and it did disturb the hearing - please do so this time as the time is limited and any disruption will interfere with the limited argument time.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.


On September 26, 2022, the Plaintiff filed an appeal of the judgment with the Court of Appeal. There are many steps that must occur before the appeal is heard and it will therefore take many months before the file is ready and a date is even set. We will keep you updated as the file progresses.

The judgment on the United States' motion to dismiss has been rendered - please see it here.

A court date has been set for the United States' motion to dismiss: April 27-28, 2022 at the Palais de Justice in Montreal, located at 1 Notre Dame East (Quebec, Canada), at 9h15 in room 15.08.

The Court has advised that due to Covid restrictions, that there will be a maximum of 10 people allowed in the audience section of the courtroom.

All of the attorneys will be attending the hearing virtually.

If you wish to attend virtually, please use this link to do so:
Hearing Link. please ensure that your camera is off and that you are set at mute so as not to disturb the proceeding.



On January 26, 2021, the Commission d’accès à l’information granted one of our class members’ appeal against the McGill University Health Centre and the administrative judge has ordered that access be given to her late father’s complete medical records. You can download this decision in English here and in French here.



On December 31, 2020, an Amended Application for Authorization was filed. You can download this modified version here.


CONSUMER LAW GROUP has launched a class action lawsuit against the Royal Victoria Hospital, McGill University Health Centre, the Attorney General of Canada and the United States Attorney general on behalf of individuals who underwent depatterning treatment at the Allan Memorial Institute in Montreal, Quebec, between 1948 and 1964 using Donald Ewan Cameron’s methods (the “Montreal Experiments”) and their successors, assigns, family members, and dependants.

The Montreal Experiments included drug-induced sleep/coma, intensive electroconvulsive therapy (“ECT”), psychic driving, sensory deprivation and the administration of various barbiturates, chemical agents and medications to suppress nerve functionality and activation.

“Psychic driving” refers to the “repatterning” procedure whereby patients were subjected to a continuously repeated audio message on a looped tape, often concurrently with muscular paralytic and sedating drugs to subdue them for purposes of exposure to the looped message(s). This included “negative driving” – the use of negative and destructive messages of statements that patients had expressed about themselves (for example: “you are selfish”) followed by “positive driving” – the use of positive messages (for example: “you are lovable”) repeated between 250,000 to 500,000 times.

None of the patients had given informed consent to the Montreal Experiments or were even aware that these experiments were being conducted, instead being under the impression that they were receiving medically sound therapy.

The Montreal Experiments consisted of extreme mind-control brainwashing experimentation on unwitting patients, making a mockery of the doctor-patient relationship.

Simply put, the Montreal Experiments were a form of psychological torture inflicted upon hundreds of unsuspecting persons and which had traumatizing, damaging, and emotionally-crippling effects that lasted for the remainder of their lives and the lives of their families.

To this day, neither the Canadian government, the CIA, McGill, nor the Royal Victoria Hospital have issued formal apologies for their involvement with the Montreal Experiments.

If you or someone you know has been affected by the Montreal Experiments and you wish to obtain more information on potential compensation or to be kept advised of the status of the Allan Memorial Institute Experiments Class Action litigation or any resulting compensation resulting from the Allan Memorial Institute Experiments Class Action Lawsuit, please provide your contact information to our law firm using the below form.

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