We have very sad news. Québec re-introduced euthanasia Bill 52. The Québec National Assembly required unanimous consent for Bill 52 to return the stage that it was at (third reading) before the election. Sadly, not one MNA opposed the re-introduction of Bill 52.
Our partner groups in Québec, Vivre dans la Dignité and the Physicians Alliance for the Refusal of Euthanasia, announced at their press conference on May 22 that, if passed, they would launch a court case to strike down Bill 52 as unconstitutional. EPC will work with our partner groups in Québec.
Euthanasia Bill 52 is unconstitutional, imprecise and lethal. Sign a petition opposing Bill 52.
EPC will also intervene at the Supreme Court of Canada in the Carter case, a case that seeks to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide in Canada. EPC intervened in the Carter case at the lower court, at the BC Court of Appeal and we will now intervene at the Supreme Court of Canada when the case is heard on October 14, 2014.
Further to that, our victory in the Bentley “Spoon Feeding” case, was appealed to the BC Court of Appeal. The Bentley case seeks to define normal feeding by spoon and cup as medical treatment. EPC is working to protect vulnerable people by intervening in the Bentley case.
As if that were not enough, Steven Fletcher MP introduced a private members bill to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide. Due to his place in the ‘order of precedence’ EPC announced that this bill will not be debated. It is now appears likely that a Liberal Senator will introduce Fletcher’s euthanasia bill to be debated in Canada’s Senate.
We need your financial support. EPC has been involved at every avenue to prevent the legalization of euthanasia. The EPC legal fund requires significant donations to continue this battle.
The next EPC National Symposium will be Saturday, October 4, 2014 at the Best Western Hotel in Ottawa/Gatineau.
Executive Director / International Chair