Protection of Freedom of Conscience Act

An Act to amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying)

Sponsor

Mark Warawa  Conservative

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)

Status

Introduced, as of May 5, 2016

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Summary

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This enactment amends the Criminal Code to make it an offence to intimidate a medical practitioner, nurse practitioner, pharmacist or any other health care professional for the purpose of compelling them to take part, directly or indirectly, in the provision of medical assistance in dying. It also makes it an offence to dismiss from employment or to refuse to employ a medical practitioner, nurse practitioner, pharmacist or any other health care professional for the reason only that they refuse to take part, directly or indirectly, in the provision of medical assistance in dying.

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Protection of Freedom of Conscience ActRoutine Proceedings

May 5th, 2016 / 10:30 a.m.
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Conservative

Mark Warawa Conservative Langley—Aldergrove, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-268, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying).

Mr. Speaker, I am honoured to present my private member's bill known as the protection of freedom of conscience act. With the introduction of Bill C-14, I have heard from many Canadians. I think all of us in this House have heard that Bill C-14 has a gaping hole: it does not protect the conscience rights of Canadians. The Carter decision required that conscience rights be protected for medical health care professionals. This is not included in Bill C-14. The government has said that it does not compel but it also does not protect conscience rights. Therefore, I am proud and thankful to represent all Canadians with respect to a pan-Canadian approach to protect the conscience rights of health care professionals with the passage of this bill, the protection of freedom of conscience act.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)