The following is a message from Rev. Msgr. Frank Leo, Jr., C.S.S. General Secretary, CCCB 

"This past October 29, the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) and the CCCB launched a joint Declaration on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide at the National Press Gallery in Ottawa on Parliament Hill. 

The CCCB and EFC were assisted in the launching by Rabbi Dr. Reuven P. Bulka from the Congregation Machzikei Hadas in Ottawa, and Imam Samy Metwally from the Ottawa Main Mosque/Ottawa Muslim Association. 

At the time of its release, the Declaration had 56 signatories from Catholic, Orthodox, Evangelical, Jewish and Muslim faith leaders across Canada. 

The sponsoring signatories to the Declaration, including the CCCB, would now like to make a concerted effort to obtain signatures from a wide spectrum of Canadians who agree with the principles outlined in the Declaration. 

... Signatures to the Declaration are made on line. 

The Declaration and the signatory option can be accessed at the following links: 

English -  

French - 

The hope is that a significant number of Canadians will sign so that when Catholic, Evangelical, Orthodox, Jewish and Muslim representatives are engaging federal, provincial, territorial or municipal governments on the question of euthanasia and assisted suicide, the Declaration can be used as evidence of the numerous and diverse groups of Canadians who do not support physician-assisted suicide."

Dear Friends:

I am writing to ask you to please take action with us on a matter of grave importance.

As you may know, in February 2015 the Supreme Court of Canada handed down its decision in the Carter Case, giving Parliament and our federal government a deadline to draft and pass a law regulating what is now being referred to as MAID (Medical Aid in Dying).

euthanasiaincanada-what-can-you-do-lifecanadaThe Prime Minister struck a Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying, which on February 25 released its report. It made twenty-one recommendations that went shockingly well beyond what would have been necessary to comply with the Supreme Court's instructions.

The Liberal government has until June 6 of this year, which is only three months away, to pass a law on MAID. We can only hope that the law they propose and ultimately pass will be much more constrained than what the parliamentary committee's recommendations suggest.

If ever there was a time for those who believe in respect for human life in all its stages and conditions to take action that time is now.

Life Canada is developing a full response strategy. As a start, I am asking you to write letters or emails to at least three officials: your local MP; our Justice Minister; and our Prime Minister. Please express your objections to the recommendations and ask that the law which is to be drafted reflects a balanced approach that acknowledges and includes the perspective of the millions of Canadians who see euthanasia and assisted suicide as a serious affront to the moral fabric of our society.

On the side panel of this page, there are some internet links to a variety of perspectives about the dangers of the recommendations, and a sample letter which can be modified according to your own unique perspective. You may want to select the two or three issues that mean most you in the sample to inspire your own writing.

Please inform yourselves and get involved in this letter writing/email campaign which has potential to influence the law that will be drafted. We have a short period, of only weeks, in which to counteract the irresponsible and radical approach taken by the committee advising Parliament.

We may have lost the fight to prevent legalizing MAID but we have not lost the fight to guide the form that the law will take.


Natalie Sonnen
Executive Director
Life Canada


Further Reading


“One person’s choice to die, becomes every person’s duty to die.”


chairs-and-coffee-732128-mMany people struggle to articulate why they are against euthanasia or assisted suicide. Taking the life of another human being is innately wrong, but in today’s world, that argument doesn’t necessarily resonate. There is a utilitarian element in our world that is unaffected by taking life deemed expendable, like life in the womb. Post-moderns are also not accustomed to suffering, so the notion that someone at the end of life should be made to live through grueling pain sounds barbaric to the modern mind.

How does one demonstrate, quickly and effectively, that euthanasia and assisted suicide are barbaric and not worthy of the dignity of human beings?

Here are just a few suggestions.


In an Ottawa Citizen article (October 14, 2014) by Catherine Frazee, a zealous and articulate disability rights activist, recalled her recent presentation to parliamentarians.

“I don’t believe that anyone should take a position on medically assisted dying without first understanding what dignity is, and what it is not.”

Do the elderly and disabled have dignity, or is it something that comes and goes with physical or cognitive ability?  Catherine Frazee maintains that as someone who considers “immobility, incontinence, impairment and dependence to be routine conditions of life, [her own] physical and cognitive powers are not the source of human dignity. As these powers attenuate, human life does not lose its inherent value.”


“Safeguards” cannot stop human nature from being ill intentioned or making mistakes.  Interestingly, it was for this very reason that capital punishment was eradicated in most parts of the Western World.

Senator Ann Cools made this point in the Senate debate on euthanasia (Dec. 4th, 2014).  She said, “many years ago, this country, Canada, moved, like most Western countries in acknowledging that no human being has the power to take another human being's life. This was demonstrated in many communities by their abolition of capital punishment, on the grounds that no human decision and no human decision-making apparatus is so perfect as to be accurate in every circumstance.”


Euthanasia threatens all of us by compromising the medical community’s unwavering commitment to each person’s life.  When the administration of death via lethal injection becomes a medical option, it presents a temptation to forfeit the harder, more expensive rehabilitative treatments. 

It is a subtle, even unspoken, pressure on those in a weakened state to accept medically induced death rather than burden the system, their families, and busy, important doctors.   


The law is society’s great teacher. The acceptance of euthanasia by law will teach society that killing people who are suffering is not only good, but a ‘right’. 

Once euthanasia becomes accepted as a human right, it will strip society of the ability to deny this right to certain groups of people.  Rights apply to all people and any denial can and will be challenged as an infringement.

We see this today in other countries, as the list of conditions and situations in which people can request and receive medically induced death widens.  Belgium now accepts the euthanasia of children.  They have begun to consider it for prison inmates, and have for years accepted it for the depressed and those who have no terminal illness what-so-ever.


This places a heavy burden on physicians who must complete the final act of taking life. As Sean Murphy, director of The Protection of Conscience Project* points out, most doctors will not want to participate in the practice of euthanasia or PAS, but they will never-the-less be affected by it.

“Euthanasia proponents deny that they intend to force physicians to personally kill patients, but the exercise of freedom of conscience by objecting physicians can lead to unjust discrimination against them. Discriminatory screening of physicians unwilling to kill patients can be effected by denying them employment in their specialties and denying them hospital privileges. “


Though clever sounding, this argument from “personal choice”  or 'autonomy" is a moot point, considering that the entire social and medical structure will need to be re-engineered to allow someone else, namely a medical doctor charged with healing, to kill or provide for your suicide.  The act of euthanasia or assisted suicide intimately involves, and therefore seriously affects, all the people involved in the medically induced death.


The answer for those who are terminally ill, and only those who are terminally ill, is palliative care.  Palliative care is only available to between 16 and 30 percent of Canadians.  This truly compassionate care of the dying should be receiving the lion’s share of the public’s attention, resources and ingenuity. It offers effective reprieve from suffering, time to prepare for one’s death, and a truly dignified passing from this life.

* Refining the Practice of Medicine, June 2014,