Government Consultation on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

July 31, 2015


On February 6, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Carter v. Canada. Sections 241(b) and 14 of the Criminal Code which made it illegal for anyone, including a doctor, to assist in the death of another person who consents to die. The Court found that these laws were unconstitutional to the extent that they prohibit physician-assisted dying for competent adults.

The Government of Canada has created an external consultation committee to look at the issue of assisted dying in response to the Feb. 6th Supreme Court decision. This committee has launched a website for Canadians to get involved in the consultation process in the coming weeks.  As  members, you now have an opportunity to have your opinions heard, you can sign up to receive updates and a questionnaire. There is also a lot of information and a FAQ page to help you formulate a response. Please visit:


*post wording sourced from St Clare of Assisi Parish Council.