Euthanasia is an act or failure to act which intentionally causes a person's death.
Assisted Suicide is counselling or aiding someone to kill himself.
The Canadian law prohibiting assisted suicide was struck down by the Supreme Court of Canada on February 6, 2015. Parliament was given one year to draft new legislation, and later was granted an extension to June 6, 2016.
On April 15, 2016, Canada's Minister of Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould introduced Bill C-14 to govern under which circumstances a person can legally receive assisted suicide. After debate in Parliament and review by the Justice and Human Rights Committee, Bill C-14 was passed by the House of Commons May 31, 2016 and then by the Senate June 17, 2016.
The final version of the Bill, after 16 amendments, maintains that assisted suicide be confined to cases where the death of the person is "reasonably foreseeable." C-14 does not protect people from a greedy beneficiary or an unscrupulous family member. Beneficiaries are not prohibited from participating in a person's assisted suicide or signing a person's request for assisted suicide. Read more about Bill C-14
Though Bill C-14 rightly recognizes at least some of the dangers of assisted suicide, its safeguards are inadequate and it does not provide conscience protection for medical practitioners. Read more about conscience rights.
What can you do?
"Legalized euthanasia is a travesty and no one need avail himself or herself of it. We can still do what we can to educate people and continue to lobby for greatly improve palliative care – which is sorely lacking in Canada. At the moment only 30 per cent of Canadians who need that care can get it.
We can also personally care for others and help people live when they are feeling drawn to end their lives. We can also support the Compassionate Community Care Service that is being promoted by the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition." Charles Lewis