The Canada Health Network reported that the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), at their annual general meeting in Ottawa, maintained their policy opposing euthanasia while the Canadian Press reported that the CMA voted on a compromise motion on euthanasia and assisted suicide that supports:
“the right of all physicians, within the bonds of existing legislation, to follow their conscience when deciding whether to provide so-called medical aid in dying.”
The Canadian Press article stated that there was a significant debate at the CMA meeting. The article quoted the Past President of the CMA, Dr John Haggie, as saying:
“The driver for this discussion is a desperate lack of palliative-care services,” John Haggie, a Newfoundland physician, told the conference. “We don’t have a hospice in the province anywhere.”
Haggie responded with an “unequivocal no” to a question posed by the CMA to its members on whether their patients have access to adequate palliative care.
“requests for euthanasia usually reflect a failure to access adequate palliative care.”
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The resolution may mean that if the euthanasia legislation in Québec is put into place, physicians in Québec can decide to kill or not to kill, but outside of Québec, where euthanasia and assisted suicide would remain illegal, doctors must follow the law.
On June 5, 2014, the Québec National Assembly passed Bill 52, a bill that legalizes euthanasia in Québec and defines euthanasia as “medical treatment.”
the impugned provisions, of Bill 52, unjustifiably infringe the rights to life and to security of patients guaranteed by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms. They further infringe the right to the safeguard of the dignity of the person, which is also protected by the Quebec Charter.
At the end of July, 2014, the CMA released their consultation report on euthanasia and assisted suicide indicating that 71.5% of the doctors opposed euthanasia or assisted suicide. The report suggested that, if euthanasia or assisted suicide were legalized that doctors should be removed from the provision of killing, with the act of euthanasia or assisted suicide being done by some other trained group of people.