In its landmark February 2015 decision, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down the federal law prohibiting physician assisted dying. The court gave Ottawa and the provinces one year to consider the development for new laws and protocols in response to the ruling.
What's happening. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba (CPSM) has established a working group to assist its members in implementing the Supreme Court of Canada decision to make physician assisted dying legal effective February 6, 2016. The CPSM has produced a Draft Statement Physician Assisted Dying which, in DWD Canada's view, has critical issues that need to be addressed.
A unique opportunity. The CPSM launched an online survey for Manitoba residents to weigh in on its draft policy. This is a critical development for Manitoba residents to voice your choice for meaningful access to assisted dying.
- Related: DWD Canada's toolkit for answering the online consultation on assisted dying of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba
What you can do. Until November 15, 2015, the CPSM online survey will be open for all residents to share their views on assisted dying. You also can also share your thoughts via a letter to the CPSM. Feedback from the online survey and the letters will be used to inform the College's approach to physician assisted dying and end-of-life care.
Why you need to voice your choice. Manitobans have the opportunity to help establish a compassionate and comprehensive approach to physician assisted dying that recognizes the vulnerable and respects the wishes of competent adult patients. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help create good practices and protocols for physician assisted dying that will ensure patient choice for decades to come.
How to participate:
1. Before completing the online survey, consult DWD Canada's toolkit on how to make the best of this opportunity. Then, go over to the College of Physicians and Surgeons' website to fill out the online survey. It takes approximately five minutes to complete.
2. If you wish to submit more general feedback, we can help you with that too. Our Manitoba letter-writing toolkit will help you craft a compelling appeal to the College of Physicians and Surgeons. Once you're done, send your comments by e-mail to PAD@cpsm.mb.ca. And don't forget to send it along to Dying With Dignity Canada — you can copy us at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org.