Week of March 8th, 2021
A couple of weeks ago we said that it would be the final time we send an action item on Bill C-7. But, thanks to your overwhelming response, MPs have continued to debate the bill into this week. They are referencing the large numbers of people registering concerns with them! For some of the MPs, they have told me this is the largest response that they have ever seen for an issue. Their inboxes and phone lines have been filled with constituents sharing their concerns about this bill.
We need to keep up the pressure to oppose this dangerous legislation!
The next 24 hours are crucial!
We heard just a few hours ago that the Bloc Quebecois are in conversation with the Liberals to try to force the bill to a vote, which would mean that all those MPs who were lined up to speak against this bill would not be able to speak anymore and the bill would be forced to vote – possibly before the end of the day on Wednesday.
Almost every national disability rights group have opposed this bill, indigenous doctors, geriatric physicians, mental health specialists, even the UN have expressed their opposition to this type of legislation and the way it discriminates against people with disabilities or mental health concerns. And it could all be written in stone by end-of-day Wednesday.
We’re asking you to call your member of parliament to ask them to kill this bill ahead of their vote. You could find their phone number and a phone script to use below. Please do it right now.
Thanks to each of you for your continued engagement and passion in fighting this bill!
Bill C-7 proposes to further liberalize Canada’s current law and endangers the lives of vulnerable Canadians.
Bill C-7 would allow a new category of people to be killed, namely those who are not dying, whose natural death is not “reasonably foreseeable.” This would include people with disabilities or chronic but not fatal illnesses.
What can you do?
- Pray that God will restrain the hearts of men and that they may vote to care for our neighbours through palliative care and suicide prevention rather than vote to enable our neighbours to commit assisted suicide.
- Because of this volatile situation, it is imperative that you reach out to your MP, the Justice and Health Ministers, and the Justice and Health Critics to tell them that you oppose the removal of safeguards and the expansion of eligibility. This is especially important if you know or suspect that your MP is supportive of assisted suicide.
ARPA’s Submissions to Parliament
John Sikkema, legal counsel for ARPA, had the privilege of presenting to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights on the issue of euthanasia and C-7. André Schutten, the Director of Law & Policy for ARPA, had a similar opportunity to testify before the Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs. Watch both of their submissions below!
ARPA Articles relating to Bill C-7:
Government tables Bill C-7 to expand assisted suicide
Kill Bill C-7
UN says disability should not be a reason for MAiD
An extremely powerful way to connect with politicians and members of the public is to tell stories. Those in favour of euthanasia have used these stories well and to good effect,. We need to share these stories as well. Please watch the stories of pastors George van Popta and John van Popta as they discuss how the liberalization of access to euthanasia will impact them and people like them suffering from multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease.
Another actionable item is to help spread the word of these troubling legislative changes through our Care not Kill campaign.
Click below to order fliers to hand out to your neighbours or postcards to send to your MP!