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e-3443 (Justice)

Initiated by David Fowler from Victoria, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Minister of Justice

  • Bill C-7 addresses issues where C-14 is deficient but still does not provide equality to every Canadian;
  • One circumstance that has not been addressed is that in which a person suffers a catastrophic trauma from which there is no hope of survival even though clinical brain death cannot be declared;
  • In all such instances of this scenario under current legislation the only option is palliative care where opioids and sedatives are administered to keep the patient pain-free and "comfortable" until the body poisons itself causing organ failure; and
  • The viability of organs for donation is lost and the catatonic patient languishes unnecessarily.
We, the undersigned, Citizens of Canada, call upon the Minister of Justice to :
1- Amend any existing laws or introduce new legislation so that any mentally competent person who officially avows in advance the end-of-life treatment wanted in conjunction with a stated desire to donate all viable organs upon their demise should be eligible for physician-assisted death in the event that said person suffers an irremediable and irreversible trauma, provided that, in the unanimous opinion of three attending qualified physicians, there is absolutely no hope for survival but a natural death would not be imminent; and
2- Ensure that in instances such as the aforementioned, it should be considered both legally and ethically acceptable to maintain organ viability through Standard Life supporting procedures while accelerating brain death through appropriate intravenous medication.
Open for signature
May 31, 2021, at 2:10 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
September 28, 2021, at 2:10 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Alistair MacGregor
New Democratic Party Caucus
British Columbia
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