It is now legal for Canadian medical practitioners to help patients die by assisted suicide even though palliative care is not yet an available option for all Canadians facing terminal illness. If assisted suicide is available for Canadians then palliative care simply must be as well. It should have been made available first!
There are only about 200 hospices across Canada and only 16-33% of Canadians who die currently have access to hospice, palliative and end-of-life care services. (More info).
Because of this, MP Marilyn Gladu put forth Private Members Bill C-277 calling for the development of a national strategy on palliative care and adding palliative care as a guaranteed healthcare option for Canadians. Simply put, this Bill is a crucial parallel legislation to assisted suicide Bill C-14.
Bill C-277 will face its second hour of debate in the House of Commons on Tuesday, January 31st and voting shortly thereafter.
Please take a few minutes to contact your Member of Parliament and the Minister of Health. Ask them to support Bill C-277 and ensure that Canadians have real choice when it comes to their end-of-life care.
Simply use the EasyMail tool to send a pre-written e-mail in just minutes by visiting the EasyMail page and selecting one of the two letters on C-277. (Be sure to include your MP and Health Minister Jane Philpott).
OR send your own e-mail using the following information:
- Minister of Health Jane Philpott: Hon.Jane.Philpott@Canada.ca
- Click here to find your MP by postal code.
Let's make sure that Canadians are given the option of choosing life.