Update: You have until 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 30 to provide a written submission to the provincial committee that's studying possible changes to Bill 84.
Right now, MPPs at Queen’s Park are studying a piece of legislation that could have a big impact on access to medical assistance in dying in the province of Ontario.
- Act now: Download DWDC's Bill 84 Letter-Writing Toolkit (PDF)
- Related: Email Your Ontario MPP: Make Bill 84 put patients first
Bill 84, the Medical Assistance in Dying Statute Law Amendment Act, was introduced by Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins in Dec. 2016. While the bill includes a number of proposals that, if approved, may improve access for Ontarians exploring their legal end-of-life options, other elements raise serious concerns. In fact, it’s a yet-to-be-tabled Opposition amendment to the bill that should cause the greatest alarm for supporters of fair choice. We must speak out against rules that would impose additional barriers upon Ontarians at end of life and raise a loud voice for a compassionate, patients-first approach.
What you can do
Bill 84 has already gone through two readings in the legislature. Now, the bill is going to be studied by the eight MPPs on the legislature’s Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs. The Liberal-dominated committee will be reviewing the bill line by line and proposing changes to the bill before it goes to final vote. Providing feedback to the committee is likely the best opportunity we have to ensure that Ontarians’ rights are reflected in the final bill.
DWDC has put together a toolkit designed to help you make a submission to the committee. The document explores the pros and cons of specific proposals in the bill and outlines other things to note. Please read through the toolkit and then refer to the template letter as you draft a powerful statement in defense of patient rights.
When you’ve finished writing your letter, please send it to Eric Rennie, the clerk for the provincial Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs. Here's his contact information:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mailing address: Procedural Services Branch, Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs, 99 Wellesley Street W, Room 1405, Whitney Block Queen’s Park, Toronto, ON, M7A 1A2 (Telephone: 416-325-3500)
The deadline to submit written statements to the committee is Thursday, March 30 at 6 p.m. ET, so please send yours in as soon as possible. When you're done, please let us know by sending an email to email@example.com. Not only do we love hearing from our supporters, but your feedback helps us gauge the effectiveness of our advocacy human rights advocacy efforts.
Thank you for your support!