Voice Your Choice: Email the MPs on the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights
Update: This action has closed. The House Justice Committee has now finished making amendments to the body of the Bill. Thank you for your efforts!
Will the Liberals’ assisted dying bill offer Canadians real choice in the face of intolerable suffering? The answer could well depend on what we do in the next several days.
This week, the government suspended the House debate on Bill C-14, sending the proposed law to Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. There, member MPs will pore over the legislation and draft possible amendments.
It would be an understatement to say that significant changes need to be made to ensure that desperately ill individuals have fair access to their right to die in peace with the help of a doctor. If passed as proposed, the Liberals’ new assisted dying law will restrict rightful access to assisted dying in at least two ways:
- The clause in Bill C-14 limiting assisted death to incurably ill Canadians whose “natural death is reasonably foreseeable” will deny access to assisted dying to all but the terminally ill. It risks violating the rights of Canadians with advanced degenerative illness like ALS who are suffering intolerably but whose deaths aren’t necessarily imminent. This is far narrower in scope than the Supreme Court’s decision in Carter v. Canada and likely violates Section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
- The bill effectively excludes individuals with a diagnosis for a severe illness from access to their right to die with the help of a doctor. Without the option to make advance requests for assisted dying, Canadians with dementia, or other degenerative illnesses that rob victims of their competence, will be effectively excluded from access. This is completely unacceptable and goes against the spirit of the Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling on physician-assisted dying.
What you can do
Tell the MPs on the House Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights to take a stand for assisted dying rules that put patients first. Use DWDC’s House Committee Email-a-Rep tool to ask for specific amendments that address Bill C-14 most problematic elements.
Here's how it works:
- Enter your postal code so the committee members know what city or town you’re from.
- Then, enter your name and email address. (Phone number is optional.)
- You can use the default text, or you can customize it to make your message even more powerful.
- Send it off! The tool will automatically send a copy to each of the committee's 10 members.
Once you’re done, send the link to your friends and family and post it to social media. Our aim is to motivate as many Canadians as possible to speak out for a better, more compassionate bill. Voice Your Choice today!