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CACL's Michael Bach appears before Joint Committee on Assisted Suicide

Summary: 
The Canadian Association for Community Living's Executive Vice President Michael Bach appeared before the Committee as one of four panelists on a panel of witnesses.

As part of his opening statement, Bach emphasized the need for safeguards to protect vulnerable people from potential abuse under a new system for physician-assisted dying.

The Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying was appointed on December 11, 2015, to “review the report of the External Panel on Options for a Legislative Response to Carter v. Canada and other recent relevant consultation activities and studies, to consult with Canadians, experts and stakeholders, and make recommendations on the framework of a federal response on physician-assisted dying that respects the Constitution, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and the priorities of Canadians."

Inclusion BC commends our national federation for showing extraordinary leadership on this important issue that affects all Canadians, particularly vulnerable people such as those with an intellectual disability. 

  • To read Michael Bach’s speaking notes to the Committee, click here.
  • To read CACL’s submission to the Committee, click here.
  • Readers can view the full hearing by clicking here. Bach's opening statement begins at the 19:21:10 mark.

Visit the CACL website for more information.