Friday, 6 February 2015

Petition to the Parliament of Canada to STOP Euthanasia!

Section 33 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

(1) Parliament or the legislature of a province may expressly declare in an Act of Parliament or of the legislature, as the case may be, that the Act or a provision thereof shall operate notwithstanding a provision included in section 2 or sections 7 to 15.
(2) An Act or a provision of an Act in respect of which a declaration made under this section is in effect shall have such operation as it would have but for the provision of this Charter referred to in the declaration.
(3) A declaration made under subsection (1) shall cease to have effect five years after it comes into force or on such earlier date as may be specified in the declaration.
(4) Parliament or the legislature of a province may re-enact a declaration made under subsection (1).
(5) Subsection (3) applies in respect of a re-enactment made under subsection (4).


To: Canada's Members of Parliament and Senators

I urge you to stand up for vulnerable Canadians and oppose the Supreme Court's dreadful ruling overturning Canada's prohibition on physician-assisted suicide.

Canadians pride themselves on being a caring, welcoming nation, a country that defends the vulnerable, yet this ruling sends the message to the weak and infirm that their lives are not worth protecting.

This Supreme Court ruling is merely the first step down a slippery slope that leads to the heinous practices we've seen increasingly in places like Belgium and the Netherlands. In Belgium, euthanasia is now permissible even for children. Please don't let that happen to our country.

I urge you to use your parliamentary authority to invoke section 33 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (the "notwithstanding clause") and overrule the Supreme Court decision. Canada needs a law that will protect all Canadians.

[The undersigned]

Tell Canada’s Parliament to block Supreme Court ruling legalizing assisted suicide by using 'notwithstanding clause’: petition

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Canada’s Supreme Court has just overturned the country’s ban on assisted suicide, meaning that doctors will now be allowed to actively participate in bringing about the deaths of their patients.
If the colleges of physicians in places like Ontario and Saskatchewan have their way, doctors could very well be forced to end their patients' lives.
This shocking ruling goes against the clear will of Parliament, which overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to legalize euthanasia in 2010 by a vote of 226 to 59.
The Supreme Court has given Parliament a year to enact a new law. But Parliament has the power to act right now - by invoking the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms’ little-used “notwithstanding clause,” which allows Parliament to override a court ruling.
We need to urge Parliament to invoke the “notwithstanding clause” and craft a law that will protect vulnerable Canadians from this heinous ruling.

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