The federal government is accepting survey responses online on amending Bill C-14 to remove the “natural death has become reasonably foreseeable” requirement and to allow advance requests. The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) has produced an excellent resource to help respondents formulate their own thoughtful and informed responses.
On Monday, January 13, the federal government initiated a consultation with the Canadian public and key stakeholders regarding changes to the current legislation regulating medical assistance in dying (MAID). The consultation is focused on removing the MAID eligibility requirement that natural death be reasonably foreseeable, consistent with the recent Quebec Superior Court decision in Truchon v. Canada (Attorney General), and on the potential of allowing advance requests for MAID.
The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) has produced an excellent resource to help respondents formulate their own thoughtful and informed responses. You can access their toolkit by clicking here. We are grateful to have them as a partner and ally in the fight for equal access to end-of-life choice.
Please spread the word and complete the federal government’s survey before the questionnaire closes at 11:59 pm EST on Monday, January 27, 2020.
As you’re formulating your responses, you may also wish to consult a couple of resources that DWDC has made available. We recently prepared our new Post-Election Advocacy Toolkit to help you share your views with your MP and other decision-makers. You can also review the statement we just released calling for a right-based approach to amending the federal assisted dying law.
Now is the time you, our supporters, can make your voices heard by the Ministers of Justice and Health. Your participation can help ensure that fair and equitable access to assisted dying is available across the country for eligible individuals who provide informed consent to receive MAID, whether their end of life is foreseeable or not. Don’t miss this chance to voice your choice and change Canada’s assisted dying law.