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e-366 (Medical assistance in dying)

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 Death (PAD);
  • The not-for-profit Canadian organization 'Dying With Dignity' has determined through extensive research and polling of the Canadian public that the vast majority support choice in end-of-life for dying with dignity, including the legalization of Advance Directives and Physician-Assisted Death;
  • End-of-life experts, professionals and sufferers concur with the findings of 'Dying With Dignity' and the majority of Canadians; and
  • Dying with dignity and compassionate end of life through physician-assisted death are not suicide and should not be labelled as such as it creates a biased and derogatory reference;
  • Bill C-14 does not honour Advance Directives; nor the Carter v Canada Supreme Court of Canada Ruling to allow competent and consenting adults who have grievous and irremediable conditions, to self-determine through an Advance Directive, a physician-assisted death.
We, the undersigned, Citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to legally enable and support competent persons the right to determine their end of life choices should they become grievously and irremediably debilitated, and honour their Advance Directive, including physician-assisted death.
Open for signature
June 3, 2016, at 12:47 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
October 1, 2016, at 12:47 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Dan Albas
Central Okanagan—Similkameen—Nicola
Conservative Caucus
British Columbia
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