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Message to all class members – May 18, 2017

Canada to apologize to LGBT members of the military and public service before the end of the year.




We are pleased that Canada has announced its intention to apologize to LGBT military and public service members before the end of the year.  Negotiations are ongoing to obtain compensation for class members.


Message to all class members – Web Site Launch

We are pleased to announce the launch of the web site www.lgbtpurge.com. This site contains useful information on the history of the LGBT Purge, the proposed class representatives, the class action, the lawyers, etc. We will also use this web site to provide updates on the class action. We therefore encourage you to consult it regularly.


Message to all class members – March 17, 2017

As announced last week, we have filed a new combined action in Federal Court on Wednesday March 15, 2017. To download a copy of the action as filed, click here.


Message to all class members – March 10, 2017

We believe that we have been making good progress in moving along your class action.

We now have agreement for the Ross, Roy and Satalic actions to join forces. A new combined action will be filed in the Federal Court with Mr. Ross, Ms. Roy and Ms. Satalic all acting as representative plaintiffs. By working together, we increase our strength and avoid the months of delay that could have been caused by carriage motions across the country.

We have had several meetings with our counterparts at the Department of Justice and negotiations are continuing.

We are also developing a dedicated website that will be unveiled later this month to keep you informed about the combined class action.

We are committed to moving this forward and will provide further information as soon as we can.

Thank you for your courage and your trust.



For more information about this class action, please contact Audrey Boctor aboctor@imk.ca or Jean-Michel Boudreau at jmboudreau@imk.ca or call 514-935-4460.

Irving Mitchell Kalichman LLP has filed an Application for Authorization to Institute a Class Action on behalf of the proposed class representative, Martine Roy. The lawsuit is against the Government of Canada and its related crown agencies that are alleged to have carried out a deliberate and widespread campaign to systematically identify and purge LGBT Federal Public Servants from the public service notwithstanding that homosexual acts were officially decriminalized in Canada on June 27, 1969.

The class includes:

All residents of Quebec who are current or former members of the Canadian Armed Forces or employees of the Government of Canada (collectively, “Federal Public Servants”), who were investigated, targeted, sanctioned, and/or who were discharged or terminated by the Government of Canada because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, between June 27, 1969 and the present.

The action alleges that in investigating, targeting, sanctioning and/or terminating the Federal Public Servants on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, the Government of Canada abused its power, committed a fault, and breached the Federal Public Servants’ rights under the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The suit seeks compensatory, moral and punitive damages in an amount to be determined at trial.

Under Quebec law, everyone in Quebec who is a member of the class is automatically included unless they decide to opt out. The opt-out procedure will be determined at a later date by the Court, so there is nothing that you are required to do right now. However, if you have information about the Government of Canada’s actions as they relate to this claim, or the impact the Government of Canada’s actions have had on you, please contact us at aboctor@imk.ca or jmboudreau@imk.ca or call 514-935-4460 and ask to speak to Audrey Boctor or Jean-Michel Boudreau.

If you reside outside of Quebec, you are included in the companion action, Ross v. Attorney-General of Canada,filed by Cambridge LLP in Toronto. For more information on the action covering Canadian residents outside of Quebec, please contact jkasozi@cambridgellp.com or call 416-477-7007 and ask to speak to a member of the Ross Class Action Team.