Over the past few weeks, during the hearings of the Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying, the following Bishops intervened by means of a public statement or a letter to the elected representatives of their region. These interventions are in addition to the written submission by the Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, on January 29, 2016, to the Joint Parliamentary Committee by means of a letter to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, and the Minister of Health, the Honourable Jane Philpott. In addition, in his message for Lent 2016, the President of the CCCB invited "our community of faith and all its members to ponder deeply on this important and crucial juncture which our country is facing. Will we prefer palliative and home care, or assisted suicide and euthanasia?"
These are the links to the interventions to date:
Statement by the Catholic Bishops of Alberta (February 11, 2016)
Letter by the Most Reverend J. Michael Miller, C.S.B., Archbishop of Vancouver, to the Premier of British Columbia, The Honourable Christy Clark, and to the Members of Parliament for the local ridings in the Archdiocese of Vancouver (January 11, 2016)
Letter by the Most Reverend André Gazaille, Bishop of Nicolet, to the Members of Parliament for the local ridings in the Diocese of Nicolet (in French only) (February 16 , 2016)
Letter by the Most Reverend Gilles Lemay, Bishop of Amos, to the Members of Parliament for the local ridings in the Diocese of Amos (in French only) (February 15, 2016)
Letter by the Most Reverend Clément Fecteau, Bishop Emeritus of Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière, to the Member of Parliament for Bellechasse, Les Etchemins and Lévis, Mr. Steven Blaney (in French only) (February 8, 2016)