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e-2199 (Medical assistance in dying)

Initiated by Alex Schadenberg from London, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • The fundamental freedoms of conscience and religion are guaranteed to all Canadians in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms;
  • Bill C-14 (Medical Assistance in Dying) prohibits the compelling of health care providers or institutions to provide medical assistance in dying, to refer or transfer a patient to another health care provider, or to take other actions which could impact on health care providers’ freedom of conscience or religion;
  • Bill C-14 lacks clarity for effective enforcement;
  • Bill C-418 aims to protect the fundamental freedom of conscience guaranteed to all Canadians; and
  • Bill C-418 makes it an offence to intimidate a health care professional for the purpose of compelling them to take part, directly or indirectly, in the provision of euthanasia and assisted suicide. Bill C-418 also makes it an offence to dismiss from employment or to refuse to employ a health care professional for the reason only that they refuse to take part, directly or indirectly, in the provision of medical assistance in dying.
We, the undersigned, residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to ensure that the conscience rights of medical personnel are protected, by passing Bill C-418.
Open for signature
May 17, 2019, at 12:33 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
June 16, 2019, at 12:33 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
David Anderson (Cypress Hills—Grasslands)
June 19, 2019 (Petition No. 421-04673)
Photo - David Anderson
Cypress Hills—Grasslands
Conservative Caucus