An extension for the Federal government and an exemption for Québec

On January 11, 2016, the Supreme Court of Canada gave the Government of Canada an extension of only four months (until June 2016) to formulate and adopt a law in keeping with the Carter decision, which allows assisted suicide in Canada. The Court also agreed to exempt Québec from the extension so that its euthanasia law can remain in effect. If the federal government does not legislate on the issue within this time, Canada’s assisted suicide law will be null ...

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The Quebec Court of Appeal judgment does not end the dispute

December 22, 2015 – The Quebec Court of Appeal declared that the Criminal Code provisions “that prohibit medical aid in dying cannot by themselves prevent the entry into force and implementation” of the provisions of the Act respecting end-of-life care related to medical aid in dying since they were declared invalid by the Supreme Court of Canada in the Carter decision (at para. 44). We take note of this decision but we still deplore this choice as an answer to ...

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Provincial-Territorial Group seeks death on demand for all (even for children)

We read with dismay the final report of the Provincial-Territorial Advisory Group that was published on November 30. The 43 recommendations in the report clearly have no other goal than the unfettered promotion of euthanasia and assisted suicide throughout Canada. The report’s authors abandon all caution, make no attempt to prevent harm, and demolish all the safeguards, however minimal, that the Supreme Court of Canada included in the Carter decision, interpreting them all with the undisguised intention of mandating death ...

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COURT AUTHORIZES QUEBEC TO APPEAL THE DECISION OF THE SUPERIOR COURT

In a decision rendered yesterday, the Quebec Court of Appeal authorized the Government of Quebec to appeal the decision that the Superior Court rendered on December 1 declaring inoperative all the articles related to medical aid in dying until a federal law is written.

In yesterday’s judgment, after emphasizing the fact that to suspend the articles related to medical aid in dying would prevent some citizens from taking advantage of them, the appeal judge declared that it is an important social ...

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THE SUPERIOR COURT CALLS THE GOVERNMENT OF QUEBEC TO ORDER

In a decision rendered  on December 1st, the Superior Court of Quebec calls to order the Quebec government that attempted to have “medical aid in dying” recognized as a medical care while in practice, as highlighted by the Court, it is indeed euthanasia of human beings.

Consequently, it declares inoperative all the articles of the Act respecting end-of-life care (the “Act“) related to “medical aid in dying” that were to come into force on December 10 until the effective date of ...

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Montreal Symposium: Theory and Reality about Euthanasia

MONTREAL, Oct. 30, 2015 – The Physicians’ Alliance against Euthanasia, the Living with Dignity network and the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition are coming together for a one day conference on Saturday October 31, 2015 at the Best Western Ville Marie hotel, to discuss our common concerns and directions.

The Quebec euthanasia experiment is scheduled to begin on December 10. The vast majority of physicians around the world have always rejected euthanasia, above all because it ...

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Assisted suicide and euthanasia: political parties are fleeing their responsibilities

The election campaign is moving ahead and politicians are firing out their promises. Yet despite their life or death implication for all Canadians, the issues of assisted suicide and euthanasia remain taboo!  The next government will have as a first duty the enormous responsibility of passing a law to regulate assisted suicide in time for the Supreme Court’s February 6, 2016 deadline.

Moreover, the aggressive reaction of Quebec politicians against palliative care professionals who refuse to kill people under their care ...

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The College of Physicians promotes secrecy in its practice guideline for “medical aid in dying”

Montreal, September 23, 2015 – The Physicians’ Alliance against Euthanasia deplores certain provisions adopted by the Quebec College of Physicians in its “Practice guideline for medical aid in dying.”

In article 7.2 of the Guide, the College orders doctors to falsify the real cause of death on the death certificate that is required by the Public Health Act, for patients who die by “medical aid in dying”(MAD). This article clearly states that “the physician must write as an immediate cause of ...

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Palliative care centres refuse “Medical Aid in Dying”

Following the announcement by the Quebec College of Physicians of the September 10th publication of its first guide to euthanasia intended for doctors, the 29 palliative care centres in Quebec have announced that they will all avail themselves of the exemption provided in the law for their institutions, saying no to “medically assisted death”.

In their wake, the CHUM also stated that euthanasia will not be offered in its palliative care department. “Everyone was against it, it was unanimous. It ...

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Urgent: we must support our palliative care colleagues

Last week, Dr. Barrette raised the spectre of suspension for physician members of (palliative care) services not wishing to offer euthanasia in hospital. Mr. Ménard, architect of Bill 52, even pressed the government to cut subsidies to all palliative care centres in Quebec because they have all decided not to offer euthanasia within their walls, a decision clearly permitted by Bill 52 !

Who will bear the brunt of such abuses of power? Terminally ill patients, of course, whose doctor will be ...

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