Living with Dignity is a group in Quebec that is trying to expose the pushing through of Bill 52 which, if adopted, will legalize euthanasia in the province in contravention of the Criminal Code.
The bill on end-of-life was reintroduced in the National Assembly on May 22 around 11:15 am. There was no debate. It happened in less than a minute. Dr. Barrette and Mrs. Hivon are to be named co-sponsors. Around 1:15 pm, representatives of all four parties stated during a press conference that there would be a free vote for all MNAs. Everything tells us that they will be going to vote before the end of next week.
Living with Dignity and the Physicians’ Alliance against Euthanasia, who represent over 625 physicians and 17,000 citizens in the Province of Quebec announced that should Bill 52 be passed,
we would institute a legal challenge attacking the constitutionality of those provisions in the statute that, under the pretense of “medical aid in dying”, are aimed at decriminalizing euthanasia. Indeed, these provisions violate our Charters of rights and encroach on federal jurisdiction over criminal law, as euthanasia constitutes a culpable homicide under our Criminal Code.
Living with Dignity maintains that the rushing through of this Bill is a parody of democracy that invites legal challenges.
For some really great background information on this whole issue, you can go to the LifeCanada web-site here.
Quebec citizens are urged to contact their MNAs.by