As of June 17, 2016, it is now legal for patients to request physician-assisted suicide in Canada. Despite limited conscience protection in federal legislation (Bill C-14) and freedom of conscience enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights & Freedoms, there are still provinces where conscience rights are at risk.
In Ontario, for example, the College and Physicians and Surgeons (CPSO) has abandoned thousands of doctors who cannot provide referrals for medical assistance in dying. In Manitoba, the government has passed Bill 34, a legislation that protects doctors, nurses and pharmacists from having to perform or aid in the provision of assisted suicide against their conscience. This bill passed with support from all parties after Manitoba legislators received over 14,000 letters through our Call for Conscience campaign.
Please write to Alberta legislators using the letter below to encouraged them to create legislation that ensures that doctors, nurses and pharmacists have their conscience rights protected.
Enter your postal code and press "Find Politician" - your local Member of the House of Assembly (MHA) will be automatically selected. Your letter will be sent to your local MHA and to the Dr. John Haggie, the Minister of Health and Social Services, Premier Dwight Ball and Opposition Leaders Paul Davis and Lorraine Michael.