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e-263 (Assisted suicide)

42nd Parliament
Initiated by Darrell Clarke from Kitchener, Ontario, on March 16, 2016, at 2:46 p.m. (EDT)
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8545-421-9-10 Government Response to petitions concerning assisted suicide
Assisted suicide
Caregivers and health care professionals
Freedom of conscience and religion
Hospitals
Medical assistance in dying
Mental health
Young people
Government Response Tabled

Petition to the Government of Canada

Whereas:
  • 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.
Kitchener—Conestoga
Conservative
Ontario
Petition presented to the House of Commons on September 21, 2016 (Petition No. 421-00568)
Government response tabled on November 4, 2016 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-10)
Open for signature : March 16, 2016, at 2:46 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature : July 14, 2016, at 2:46 p.m. (EDT)
Province / Territory
Signatures
Alberta
452
British Columbia
350
Manitoba
87
New Brunswick
46
Newfoundland and Labrador
16
Northwest Territories
3
Nova Scotia
56
Ontario
1248
Prince Edward Island
8
Quebec
1059
Saskatchewan
313
Other Countries
24
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