The Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights will soon be conducting a study on Bill C-14, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts (medical assistance in dying).
The public is invited to submit a brief to the Committee. Any briefs to the Committee must be a written submission of no more than three (3) pages (approximately 750 words) on this subject and received no later than Monday May 2, 2016 at 5pm.
Submissions must confine themselves to any proposed recommendations for changes to the text of Bill C-14. All briefs will be submitted to the Committee once translated. Please note also that your brief may be posted on-line at a later date.
In addition, the Committee will be holding public hearings to study the law between Monday May 2, 2016 and Thursday May 5, 2016. The tight time scale and short notice is due to the very short period the Committee has to study the legislation. In order for the Committee to determine its witness list we would appreciate if you would advise if you or a representative from your organization would like to appear as a witness. Given limited time, the Committee can only hear from a certain number of groups but if you advise us no later than Tuesday April 26th 2016 at 5pm Eastern Daylight Time, the Committee will consider your request to appear and advise you no later than Thursday April 28th, 2016 if your request has been accepted.
If you are selected by the committee, you may be called to appear as soon as Monday May 2, 2016. You (or your representative) would be asked to participate with a panel of other witnesses by providing a brief opening statement (no more than 8 minutes), followed by rounds of questions from committee members. Most panels will be approximately one hour in length. Witnesses will be requested to provide only a brief description (1 minute or less) of their organization and to limit their presentation to recommendations for suggested amendments to the text of the bill so as to not replicate the work of the Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying.
We would ask that you please indicate your interest as soon as possible. If selected, we will provide you with further details.
Thank you in advance for your timely response to this request.