Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Canadian government consultation on legislative options for Assisted Dying begins.

Alex Schadenberg
By Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPC)

On July 17, the Canadian government appointed an expert panel to examine the Supreme Court of Canada assisted suicide decision. The panel has a website to enable groups and individuals to be part of a consultation. The panel will make recommendations to the government concerning legislative options for assisted suicide legislation.

The consultation website is now online in English and French.

Written submissions can be sent to:
External Panel on Options for a Legislative Response to Carter v. Canada
East Memorial Building
284 Wellington Street, CS-937
Ottawa, ON  K1A 0H8

The panel appointees are: Dr Harvey Chochinov, a psychiatrist and palliative care leader, Catherine Frazee, a disability rights leader and past co-director of Disability Studies at Ryerson University, and Benoit Pelletier, a member of the faculty of law at the University of Ottawa.

EPC is encouraging our supporters to "sign up" for the consultation updates on the consultation website by entering the required information.

EPC is urging our supporters to submit their opinions to the consultation.

Talking Points:
  • People with disabilities, frail elderly people and those who are dependent on others can be subtly pressured.
  • Canadians need better end-of-life care. Caring Not Killing.
  • Elder abuse has become a scourge on our culture. Euthanasia may become the ultimate form of elder abuse.
  • Euthanasia is accepted for depression or other psychiatric reasons in Belgium and the Netherlands. These are people who need help not death.
  • The law needs to protect Canadians, especially when we are at the most vulnerable time of our lives.
It is important for you to state your opinion now.

Links to resource articles to help you respond to the consultation.


Eno & Rita Vandertil said...

Assisted suicide is not a safe option for anyone. Please do not allow this to come to Canada. We need to keep life as precious for everyone!

levee valenzuela said...


God has given each of us a number of days to live. God rewards us eternal life for our sacrifices and suffering. Remove those sufferings and our reward will be wanting. Please do not be accomplices.

Unknown said...

Judith Mears said....
God is in charge of all life. Why not let Him do His job. He never gives anyone more than he or she can bare. He is a merciful Lord. Doctors do not break the oath you made when you received the privilege to care for God's children. Keep Our Canada
away from such a practice. Everyone has been given the right to live UNTIL GOD CALLS
Him HOME. Don't take that away from us and commit down right MURDER.
July 28,2015 at 3:45 PM.

Carolyn said...

The problem is that most things that are brought in usually get out of contol. Just like abortion now they want to take a full grown baby, cut it up inside and vacuum it out. What a bunch of sicko's. Why can't people just use prevention! Euthanasia will also get out of control and murder will be but a normal everyday thing. It is our God given right to suffer to the end, just as Jesus suffered for us. Our reward is in Heaven but we have to complete our life cycle. God brought us into the world and he will decide when it is time to go!

RuralRite said...

Nobody dies with any dignity. We live with dignity.

You can't live with dignity if you get someone to kill you and force your fellow citizen to pay for the killer.