Palliative care and euthanasia – Where do Canada’s churches stand?

The House of Commons recently passed NDP MP Charlie Angus’ private member’s Motion-456 calling for a national palliative care strategy. Meanwhile Bill 52, calling for ‘medical aid in dying’—i.e. the legalization of both euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide—will soon be presented once more in the Quebec National Assembly.

The Canadian Council of Churches, through the work of its Faith and Witness Commission, issued a statement on euthanasia in 1996 [PDF] that you are invited to review in reflecting on these two bills.

Together, the member churches of the CCC expressed their conviction that life is entrusted to us by God, and that any move to legalize euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide would run contrary to that widely held religious vision.

Read the 1996 statement on euthanasia. [PDF]

Links for further reference:,%202014%20-%20Vellcott%20speech%20to%20PMM%20M-456%20on%20palliative%20care.pdf

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