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 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.
Take action today
It’s critical that we communicate to all candidates — across all regions and of all political stripes — how important assisted dying is to Canadians. Parliament must reinitiate the Parliamentary Review following the resumption of Parliament.
The subjects to be studied by the Special Joint Committee on MAID include:
- Advance requests
- Access to MAID by people with a mental illness
- Mature minors
- The state of palliative care in Canada, and
- The protection of people with disabilities
This is the perfect time to let your candidates know about the issues that are most critical to you. Tell the candidates in your riding that the Parliamentary Review of MAID must continue and that changes are needed to give all Canadians peace of mind — and ensure compassion, equality and choice at end of life.
The letter to your candidate(s) is fully customizable. We encourage you to personalize the template with details about what’s important to you or how you’ve been personally impacted by the issues being studied by the Special Joint Committee on Medical Assistance in Dying. Click inside the box to begin editing.