Saturday, May 14, 2022

Responding to the Special Joint Committee on Medical Assistance in Dying.

The Committee has extended the time frame for receiving submissions to May 30, 2022.

We need your comments to be heard by the members of the Committee. The Committee is accepting submissions of no more than 1000 words.

Send submissions to the commitee by E-mail: AMAD@parl.gc.ca or Fax: 613-947-3089 

When Canada legalized MAiD (euthanasia) the legislation (Bill C-14) required that a five year review be conducted starting in June 2020. The federal government decided to expand the legislation (Bill C-7), before reviewing the law. After passing Bill C-7 the government established a committee for the review.

The Special Joint Committee on Medical Assistance in Dying (AMAD) was reconvened on April 8, 2022, where Senators and MPs were given five topics related to MAiD in Canada. The topics of study are:

  • MAiD for mature minors,
  • Advance directives for MAiD,
  • Regulations for Psychiatric MAiD once the C7 sunset clause is lifted March 2023,
  • The state of palliative care in Canada (was required as part of the 5 year review after C-14 but never completed),
  • Protections for persons with disabilities.

You will notice that a "review of the law" seems to have been lost as the government appears to be planning for further expansions of MAiD.

We need your comments to be heard by the members of the Committee. The Committee is accepting submissions of no more than 1000 words.

The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition is writing a submission for the committee. Your comments are also important to the committee.

For those who have a personal experience or story please submit it to the Committee at: E-mail: AMAD@parl.gc.ca or Fax: 613-947-3089 

You can also email your submission directly to the Members of Parliament and Senators that are on the committee. (Link to Committee members).

The government continues to ignore the commitment of having a full review of the law while pushing further expansions, but your voice can and needs to be heard.

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