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e-263 (Assisted suicide)

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • In Carter v. Canada (AG), the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that competent and consenting adults who have a grievous and irremediable medical condition that causes enduring and intolerable suffering should be allowed to access Physician-Assisted suicide;
  • During testimony at the Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying, expert witnesses strongly cautioned against creating an open regime with few safeguards that protect vulnerable Canadians; and
  • The Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying refused to act on this advice, leaving vulnerable Canadians at risk.
We, the undersigned, residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to draft legislation that will include: adequate safeguards for vulnerable Canadians - especially those with mental health challenges, clear conscience protection for health-care workers and institutions, and protection of children and those under 18 from Physician Assisted Suicide.
Government response tabled on November 4, 2016 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-9-10)
Open for signature
March 16, 2016, at 2:46 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
July 14, 2016, at 2:46 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Harold Albrecht (Kitchener—Conestoga)
September 21, 2016 (Petition No. 421-00568)
Government response tabled
November 4, 2016
Photo - Harold Albrecht
Conservative Caucus
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