At Dying With Dignity Canada (DWDC), we defend human rights by advocating for assisted dying laws that respect the Canadian Constitution and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
November 2021 Update
It’s time to let all new and returning MPs know that there remains unfinished business when it comes to MAID in Canada.
Though our advocacy efforts this year led to the passage of Bill C-7 which made significant changes to Canada’s MAID laws, the mandated parliamentary review of equally critical MAID issues like advance requests and mental illness was abruptly ended when Parliament was dissolved because of the federal election.
It’s been more than four months since the last meeting of the Special Joint Committee on Medical Assistance in Dying. We must let every MP know the importance of reconstituting the committee and getting the parliamentary review of MAID back up and running. This will allow for the continuation of its study on the subjects that are important to you, and Canadians, across the country. We need to remind them that a February 2021 Ipsos poll conducted on behalf of DWDC found:
- 83% support advance requests for MAID for those with a grievous and irremediable condition (76% support advance request even if no grievous or irremediable condition exists)
- 65% support access to MAID for those whose sole condition is mental illness
- 64% support access to MAID for mature minors
Please take a moment to write to your MP and the federal Ministers of Justice, Health, Mental Health and Addictions, and Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion to let them know it’s time to reconstitute the joint committee and get the parliamentary review of MAID back on track.
With your help, we can ensure that advance requests, access to MAID by mature minors and people with a mental illness, the concerns of people with disabilities, and improving palliative care are thoroughly studied by a joint committee of Parliament, resulting in improved MAID legislation in Canada.