The Parliamentary Review of MAID and the study of advance requests and mental illness must be reinitiated immediately

Unwanted suffering is wrong

This past March, Bill C-7 — which includes key amendments to Canada’s medical assistance in dying (MAID) legislation — became the law of the land. 

Many more suffering Canadians, including some of those with neurocognitive conditions like dementia, Parkinson’s, or Huntington’s disease, can access their right to an assisted death if they meet all the requirements. However, many still don’t qualify — including those not yet diagnosed, who don’t have the option to make an advance request for MAID under the law, and those suffering solely from a mental health condition. 

In Canada, everyone should have the right to make informed choices about their end-of-life care, and to have those wishes respected, and that is why the parliamentary review of MAID  which Bill C-7 mandates  must be recommenced immediately. 

Take action today

It’s critical that we communicate to every MP in every riding in Canada just how important it is that the Special Joint Committee on MAID be reconstituted to allow it to continue its review of MAID and other important issues.   

The review is critical to creating legislation and safeguards that will allow for advance requests and for people with a mental illness to safely access MAID, while also providing a forum for addressing the protection of Canadians living with disabilities and for Parliament to gain a better understanding of the state of palliative care in Canada. 

Now is the perfect time to let your MP know about the issues that are most important to you. Tell your new or returning MP that the parliamentary review of MAID must continue, and that changes are needed to give all Canadians peace of mind, and to ensure compassion, equality, and choice at end of life. 

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