On January 22, 2013, a second formal complaint was submitted to the Canada Competition Bureau against a Scientology drug rehab in Canada. The Bureau now has an open file concerning Narconon Trois-Riviers (now closed by Ministry of Health), and Narconon Alberta.
Recent Examiner article “Canada Scientology Drug Rehab Mass Marketing Fraud”, details what the Bureau can and will investigate for victims:
“The biggest attraction to the first Canadian Narconon located in Montreal, Quebec, was its slick online marketing campaigns that promised a 70-76% success rate for those who forked over tens of thousands into cult coffers. Intake counsellors played on the addicts’ and families’ desperation and vulnerability to get them in the door. Although the entire Narconon program is 100% Scientology, the victims were led to believe there were professional, qualified counsellors and government-licensed medical staff. Of course, this was not the case, and the majority relapsed soon after this so-called treatment.”
The Canada Competition Bureau has strict regulations under criminal and civil avenues pertaining to “False or Misleading Representations”:
After investigating Narconon Trois-Rivieres and reviewing thousands of evidence documents, the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services forced Narconon to refrain from advertising their fraudulent success rate. However, Narconon Alberta continues to promote a success rate of “over” 70%.
For any victims who were lured to any Narconon in Canada by this unrealistic success rate, there is an avenue of redress by filing a simple complaint to the Canada Competition Bureau for program fee refunds and compensation. The victim does not have to be a Canadian citizen. Patients from the USA and other countries who attended a Narconon in Canada qualify.
And not just for being lured to Narconon by the false success rate, but also not receiving the qualified and professional services that were promised is “False or Misleading Representations” under the Bureau’s mandate.
If you feel you were misled by Narconon Registrars or a fake Narconon referral website, and did not receive what was promised, a very easy online complaint form is available here:
Just include the Canada Competition Bureau open file number concerning Narconon RE: Our File: R617884.
The Bureau has hundreds of evidence documents and will notify all complainants after receiving each new complaint.
David Edgar Love