Bill C-7 to expand Medical Assistance in Dying

05 October 2020
URGENT NOV/DEC 2020: This bill on euthanasia is moving quickly through Parliament. It expands the euthanasia law so that people who aren’t dying can be eligible. Please contact your MP and provincial Senators now to express concern. Read below or download the EFC’s action kit to help you engage. A few minutes of your time can have a big impact.

Issue summary

Bill C-7 was reintroduced on October 5, 2020. The previous Bill C-7 died when Parliament was prorogued in August 2020. The new bill is moving very quickly through Parliament, as the Justice Minister hopes to pass it by December 18, 2020.

Bill C-7 would allow assisted death for Canadians who are not dying, by removing the requirement that a person’s death must be “reasonably foreseeable” in order to be eligible for assisted suicide and euthanasia. The bill establishes two streams of eligibility: those whose natural death is foreseeable, and those whose natural death is not foreseeable.

For those whose death is reasonably foreseeable, Bill C-7 would remove some key safeguards that were established in 2016, such as a 10-day reflection period between the request and the hastened death, and the requirement that a person is able to consent at the time of the hastened death. The bill also sets additional conditions for hastened death for those who are not dying.

Finally, the bill specifies that mental illness alone cannot make someone eligible for assisted death.

Action request

The EFC encourages supporters to call your MP to ask for the process to slow down and to express your concern for vulnerable Canadians, such as individuals with disabilities. Find your MP’s name and contact info. You can also contact the Senator(s) from your province.

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