The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Peter MacKay, and Health Minister Rona Ambrose have announced the establishment of an External Panel of Experts who will consult with stakeholders and with all Canadians on options for dealing with the Supreme Court of Canada's lifting of the prohibition against physician-assisted suicide.
This committee has launched a website for Canadians to get involved in the consultation process in the coming weeks. You can participate in this online consultation today:
1. Sign up to receive notifications on the consultation.
2. Send a formal submission. The Panel welcomes formal submissions to inform its work.
In addition, Archbishop Paul-André Durocher, President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), has written to the Justice Minister, requesting that the CCCB be among those to be consulted by the Government of Canada on this question. Read more here.
On Friday, February 6, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down Canada’s assisted suicide law, giving Parliament one year to replace it. Please watch the video below to understand the predicament this has created.