(November 2020). The Parliament of Canada is currently reviewing Bill C-7, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying). Parts of the proposed Bill have significant implications for palliative care and despite the very tight timelines involved, the CSPCP has been actively working to provide input accordingly.
The first step in the parliamentary process was review by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. The CSPCP submitted a written brief (English; French). We were subsequently invited to give a 5-minute presentation to the Committee and to participate in a question period. CSPCP President Dr. Anne Boyle and CSPCP Member Dr. Harvey Chochinov represented the CSPCP. They focused on the evidence in the literature that addressed the Government’s proposed changes to the law. (View proceedings here. CSPCP presented at 12:25:45)
The second step was review by the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs. The CSPCP submitted a written brief (same as the one above). CSPCP Past-President Dr. Leonie Herx gave a 5-minute presentation and participated in the question period that followed. Dr. Herx summarized the CSPCP’s concerns and recommendations for safeguards to minimize harm. View her presentation here. (Full proceedings here: SenVu (parl.gc.ca)).