Pledge to participate in the public consultation on assisted dying. Sign now!
I am a member of the 84 per cent of Canadians who support the right to physician assisted dying. I pledge to participate in the federal government’s public consultation on assisted dying when it launches this summer. I will speak out for assisted dying laws that honour the wording and spirit of the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in Carter v. Canada.
Will you sign?
The federal and provincial consultations are open now!
- Act now: Fill out the federal panel's survey on assisted dying before Nov. 1
- Go above and beyond: Write a letter to the federal panel on assisted dying using DWD Canada’s helpful letter writing toolkit before October 11
- Provincial survey: DWD Canada’s online survey guide to help you complete the provincial survey before October 1
- Write a letter: Send the Ontario-led provincial panel on physician assisted dying a powerful letter before October 1
On July 17, the federal government came forward with its plan to consult Canadians on physician assisted dying. Little did we know that an election — the longest federal campaign since 1872 — would be launched only two weeks later.
But we can’t let the frothy early days of the campaign distract us from the real work of pushing for a meaningful response to the Supreme Court’s decision in Carter v. Canada. While the election call has put a stop to the Conservatives' panel’s ability to speak with intervenors in the case, they can still accept input from you. We can’t afford to let the early days of the campaign distract us from the real work of pushing for a meaningful response to court’s decision.
Why we must act
Though DWD Canada has expressed concerns about the makeup of the expert panel tasked with engaging the public, we cannot afford to sit on the sidelines during the consultation. If the 84 per cent of Canadians who support assisted dying don’t raise their voices, a small minority who oppose choice will fill the void. We can’t let that happen.
What you can do
- Step One: Sign the pledge on this page
- Step Two: After you sign the pledge, don’t forget to share it with your friends and family, so they can get involved, too.
- Step Three: Take action! Use DWD Canada's federal consultation toolkit to make the best of your submission.
Lives — and deaths — are on the line
Will assisted dying be available to all Canadians who are facing horrific deaths or catastrophic medical conditions? Or will implementation delays and complex regulations mean that assisted dying is virtually inaccessible to patients, no matter how much they are suffering? The answer depends on how our lawmakers address three key issues related to access to end-of-life choice.
Sign our pledge now. Send the message that campaign theatrics won’t keep you from participating in the public consultation on assisted dying. After all, elections happen every four years; shaping the future of assisted dying in Canada is an opportunity that may only come once in a lifetime.