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 Consultation on euthanasia by the Government of Canada

On July 17, 2015, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Peter MacKay, and Minister of Health, Rona Ambrose, announced the establishment of an External Panel of experts who will consult with stakeholders and with all Canadians on options for dealing with the Supreme Court of Canada's lifting of the prohibition against physician-assisted suicide.

The External Panel has created a website, in English and in French, by which it plans to coordinate its consultation efforts with Canadians. The website explains that two levels of consultation will occur: (1) Bilateral or multilateral discussions with interveners in the Carter v. Canada case and relevant medical authorities; (2) Online consultations open to all Canadians and other stakeholders. The online consultation will have an interactive questionnaire to be launched in the coming weeks.

life-giving-enThe CCCB is encouraging all the Catholic communities across Canada to participate in the online consultation. Furthermore, the "Life-Giving Love" Campaign website of the Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF), launched in September 2014 with the support of the CCCB, provides many resources and formative tools on end of life care.

Link for the consultation

Link to COLF's "Life-Giving Love" Campaign

A-CCCB statements:

Comment on the BC Supreme Court decision regarding assisted suicide (June 18, 2012)

CCCB Statement regarding the appeal of the British Columbia Supreme Court decision on assisted suicide (July 16, 2012) 

Statement by CCCB President on Supreme Court judgment and physician-assisted suicide (February 6, 2015) 

Physician-assisted suicide: links to a number of statements and reports following the decision of the Supreme Court of Canada (PDF) (February 2015)

Letter from the CCCB President to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada on assisted suicide (May 22, 2015)

B-Other statements:

Webpage of the Assembly of Québec Catholic Bishops on the Quebec government’s Bill 52, “An Act respecting end-of-life care” (In French only)

Bishops of Quebec issue statement opposing Bill 52 and euthanasia presented as “medical aid in dying” (PDF) (January 23, 2014)

Special invitation by the Assembly of Québec Catholic Bishops for the World Day of the Sick, February 11, 2014 (PDF) (January 27, 2014)

Prayers of the Faithful which are inspired by what the Bishops of Quebec have said on Bill 52 (PDF) (January 27, 2014))

Fragility and Value of Life by Archbishop Christian Lépine of Montreal (February 6, 2014)

Archbishop J. Michael Miller of Vancouver supports Private Member's Motion M-456 on palliative care (March 11, 2014)

Archbishop Richard Smith of Edmonton issues statement in support of Private Member’s Motion M-456, calling for national end-of-life strategy (May 7, 2014)

Declaration by AECQ President on Quebec and euthanasia (May 13, 2014)

Message from the Assembly of Quebec Catholic Bishops on Bill 52 (May 27, 2014)

Bill 52: An appeal to conscience by Archbishop Christian Lépine of Montreal (May 28, 2014)

Statement from the Assembly of Quebec Catholic Bishops following the adoption of the Bill 52 concerning end-of-life care (June 6, 2014) 

Court ruling in assisted suicide case disappointing, says Archbishop Richard Smith of Edmonton (February 10, 2015)

C- Links to specific resources from the Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF)

D- Links to other sources:

E- Links to various articles in the media:

  1. A blind woman dies by euthanasia in the Netherlands
  2. A botched sex-change operation victim dies by euthanasia in Belgium
  3. Netherlands 2012 euthanasia report: Sharp increase in euthanasia deaths
  4. Our response to Dr Low: Legalizing euthanasia has consequences and is not safe
  5. Federal government will not support assisted suicide
Last Updated on Friday, July 31 2015  
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