Action Item: ARPA Canada readers may remember the article "Euthanasia on the Horizon" which warned of this development. It includes a list of suggested action items. Also, for an analysis of Bill C-562 and for purchasing post cards to send to your MP in response to it, go to the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition's website. By John Jalsevac - OTTAWA, ON, June 23, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Bloc Quebecois MP Francine Lalonde has made good on her promise to resurrect a bill that, if passed, would legalize euthanasia in Canada. Lalonde's previous attempt to legalize euthanasia failed after her proposed bill, Bill C-407, died on the table when an election was called in December 2005. Shortly after Bill C-407 died, Lalonde expressed her intention to continue pursuing the legalization of euthanasia in Canada. Her latest attempt to do so was unveiled on June 12, in the form of Bill C-562, a slightly revised version of C-407.
By Alex Schadenberg - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Last month during an interview on the CBC radio show Cross Country Checkup Jocelyn Downie, the Canada research chair in Health, Law and Policy from Dalhousie University stated that she knew that new legislation was being drafted to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide in Canada. Downie also stated that a new test case had been drafted to challenge the criminal code prohibitions of euthanasia via the courts.On April 13, 2008, Canada Press published an interview with Francine Lalonde, the Bloc Quebecois MP who had introduced bill C-407 in 2005, a bill that would have legalized euthanasia and assisted suicide in Canada. Lalonde stated that she intends to introduce new legislation to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide soon.Lalonde, who has been battling cancer for the past 2 years is “pushing ahead with plans to force the House of Commons to relaunch the debate on assisted suicide.”