Leilani Muir sued the Alberta government in 1965 for sterilizing her and falsely stigmatizing
her as a moron. The trial was held in Edmonton. Muir won the case and inspired hundreds of
other victims to seek compensation. The reasons for judgment by Madame Justice Joanne Viet
provide many details about the Muir case in the context of policies of the Eugenics Board (see
Veit, 1996). A new trial with more than a dozen Plaintiffs is set to begin in Edmonton in
Wahlsten, D. The eugenics of John. M. MacEachran warrant revocation of honours. History of
Psychology and Philosophy Bulletin, 1999, 10, 22-25.
Wahlsten, D. Leilani Muir versus the Philosopher King: eugenics on trial in Alberta.
Genetica, 1997. 99, 185-198.
Wahlsten, D. Review of "Race, Evolution and Behavior" by J. P. Rushton. Canadian Journal of Sociology, 1995, 20, 129-133.
Other useful references:
Veit, J. (1996) Muir v. The Queen in Right of Alberta. Dominion Law Reports, 132(4th series):
MacEachran, J. M. (1932) A philosopher looks at mental hygiene. Mental Hygiene, XVI
(January): 101-119. [reprinted as pp. 1-19 in the University of Alberta Health Science Library
document, call number RA 790 M14] [ MacEachran was Chairman of the Alberta Eugenics Board
from 1929 to 1965. He was also regarded by some colleagues as founder of the Department of
Psychology at the University of Alberta. He was Professor of Philosophy but not psychology,
however. He gave up teaching psychology as soon as he could hire a psychologist. In my opinion,
the real beginning of the Department of Psychology as a distinct entity separate from philosophy
occurred in 1960 with Joseph Royce as Chairman.]
Pringle, H. Alberta barren. Saturday Night, June, 1997, pp. 30-74. [popular magazine article on
the Alberta experience with eugenic sterilization]
Bidault, C. Canada: stérilisée de force à 14 ans! La République du Centre, October 1, 1997.
[report on speech by Leilani Muir in Orleans, France]