Hoback Deeply Concerned by Committee Report on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

March 1, 2016

The Importance of Palliative Care

Recently, the Liberal dominated Special Joint Committee on Doctor-Assisted Dying, which was appointed to review Carter v. Canada and to consult with Canadians and make recommendations for the framework of a federal response on physician-assisted dyingtabled its report in the House of Commons. 

The Liberal dominated Committee Report goes far beyond the Supreme Court’s mandate and ignores the deeply held beliefs of many Canadians. I am disappointed that the report ignored the views of Canadians. The recommendations in the Committee’s Report will put vulnerable Canadians, including seniors, at risk, It aslo ignores the need for stringent safeguards and palliative care.

During the 41st Parliament, the House of Commons unanimously passed a motion calling on the Government to create a national strategy on palliative care to ensure every Canadian has access to high quality palliative care at the end of life;  Although the Supreme Court of Canada recently ruled that competent and consenting adults who have a grievous and irremediable medical condition that causes enduring and intolerable suffering should be allowed to access physician-assisted suicide/euthanasia,  

I believe it is impossible for a person to give informed consent to assisted suicide/euthanasia if appropriate palliative care is unavailable to them. I therefore encourage Canadians to download the following petition which calls on the Government of Canada to establish a National Strategy on Palliative Care:

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PALLIATIVE CARE PETITION 


Establishing Conscience Protection for Physicians and Health Care Institutions

During testimony at the Special Joint Committee for Physician Assisted Dying, witnesses also stated that the protection of conscience should be included in the government’s legislative response to Carter v Canada.  Coercion, intimidation or other forms of pressure intended to force physicians and health institutions, to become parties in assisted suicide or euthanasia is a violation of fundamental freedoms of conscience. Yet the report disregards conscience protection for physicians and health institutions.

In response, I have uploaded another petition which calls upon the Government of Canada to enshrine in the Criminal Code, the protection of conscience for physicians and health care institutions from coercion or intimidation to provide or refer for physician assisted suicide or euthanasia. You can download a copy of this petition below:

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CONSCIENCE PROTECTION PETITION

 

Canadians can fill out and return both petitions to me without postage via the following address:

Randy Hoback, MP
520 Valour Building
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6

Once received I will rise in the House of Commons and table the petitions on behalf of the signatories. 

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