In June of 2016 our Canadian Government passed Bill C-14, providing guidelines for medical assistance in dying (MAID). There were a number of safeguards set up in the initial iteration of this bill that some people have fought against, demanding more lenient elements to be incorporated into the bill.
In Quebec, a Superior Court Judge recently deemed Bill C-14 “too restrictive” and struck down the requirement that a patient’s death be reasonably foreseeable in order to be eligible for MAID. As of March 21st the Senate has passed Bill C-7 and it has received Royal Assent. Euthanasia and assisted suicide will now be available to people who are not near death, and key safeguards have been removed.
However, Canadians can still advocate to protect the conscience of healthcare workers when there are requests for assisted death.
For more information on why we have engaged with this issue read more on the sanctity of life and what the CRC believes at this link.
An advocacy brief summaries the policy issue at hand and offers specific stances and recommendations for creating good policy. The Centre for Public Dialogue issued a brief in 2016 in response to proposed physician assisted death legislation.