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Dear Constituent,

The June 6th Supreme Court deadline for physician-assisted dying is fast approaching. If no legislation is in-force by this date then the Supreme Court’s guidelines become the law of the land. This means that potentially only one doctor’s involvement would be required, there would be no waiting period between asking for assisted dying and having the procedure completed and there would be no requirement for written consent.

The Liberal Government recently introduced The Medical Assistance in Dying Act (Bill C-14) which would amend Canada’s Criminal code to allow medically-assisted dying for patients whose death is foreseeable given their medical condition.

I am asking for your help as I prepare to vote on Bill C-14 when it makes its final appearance in the House of Commons at “Third Reading” (the final vote before Bill C-14 is sent to the Senate for approval).

The new law would allow those who are eligible for publically-funded health care services in Canada, who are at least 18 years old, to make a voluntary request (with informed consent witnessed by independent witnesses) for medically-assisted dying if they have a “grievous and irremediable medical condition.” The procedure could be administered by a physician or a nurse practitioner.

To request medical assistance to die a person must meet the following criteria: They must have a serious and incurable illness, disease or disability; they must be in an advanced state of irreversible decline in capability; their illness, disease, or disability causes them physical or psychological suffering that is intolerable to them and can’t be relieved under conditions they consider acceptable; their natural death has become reasonably foreseeable.

I believe that my responsibility as the Member of Parliament is to consult the people I represent.

Please fill out this online survey to share your views with me.

You will also find several pieces of information to provide background context before you vote.

The survey asks for your address and full name. This information is required so that I know whether or not you are a voter in this riding. The information you provide will be checked against the voter’s list. If incomplete or false information is provided, your vote will not be taken into consideration. Your personal information will be protected and will not be shared with anyone outside of my office.

This referendum is your opportunity to vote according to your own conscience and beliefs. Your feedback will help me to understand the wishes of my constituents. For your voice to be counted, please complete the survey by May 20th.

Best regards,

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Rachael Harder
Member of Parliament for Lethbridge