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Provincial government appoints pro-euthanasia panel to devise euthanasia laws

by | Aug 18, 2015

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPC)

Maureen Taylor, co-chair, The Provincial-Territorial Expert Advisory Group

Maureen Taylor, co-chair, The Provincial-Territorial Expert Advisory Group

The Ontario Government is spearheading its own “expert panel” on euthanasia and assisted suicide in conjunction with many Provinces and Territories.

The panel has set-up an online survey with skewed questions, nonetheless EPC is urging people to complete the survey.

The euthanasia lobby appears to have influenced the Ontario Government to establish a biased panel, similar in composition to the panel that produced the Royal Society of Canada report, to counter the Consultation on Legislative Options for Assisted Dying launched by the Federal government July 17.

As EPC previously reported, the Canadian government appointed an expert panel to examine the Supreme Court of Canada assisted suicide decision, to enable groups and individuals to be part of a consultation and to make recommendations to the government concerning legislative options for assisted suicide legislation.

The Provincial-Territorial Expert Advisory Group features a stacked deck with: co-chair, Maureen Taylor, (the widow of Dr. Donald Low who demanded the legalization of assisted dying in a video that was released after his death) who describes herself, on Twitter, as an advocate of assisted death; Jocelyn Downiem, who is Canada’s leading promoter of euthanasia and assisted suicide; and Arthur Schaefer, another long-time advocate of euthanasia and assisted suicide.

“The provincial and territorial inquiry into assisted suicide is premature in light of the present study under way by the Federal government,” commented EPC legal counsel Hugh Scher. “In particular, there is a serious question as to the constitutionality of provincial regimes regulating assisted death as health care, when such conduct and its regulation have historically fallen under the federal government’s criminal law powers under the Constitution.”

Dying With Dignity, an assisted suicide lobby group, who support the panel, stating in their Media Release that:

“We are excited to learn more about the provincial panelists and the contributions each of them will bring to the table,” said Morris. “We are especially pleased that Maureen Taylor will serve as co-chair. As the widow of Dr. Donald Low, she has first-hand experience of the brutal, unnecessary suffering that can occur when physician assisted dying is not accessible.”

Editor’s note. This first appeared in a slightly different form at

Categories: Canada Euthanasia