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Letter to Members of Parliament and Senators, Parliament of Canada
Re: Bill C-14 (medical assistance in dying)
23 May, 2016


Proposed amendment
Compulsion to participate in inflicting death

241.5(1)    Every one commits an offence who, by an exercise of authority or intimidation, compels another person to be a party to inflicting death by homicide or suicide.

Punishing refusals to participate in inflicting death

241.5(2)    Every one commits an offence who

a)     refuses to employ a person or to admit a person to a trade union, professional association, school or educational programme because that person refuses or fails to agree to be a party to inflicting death by homicide or suicide; or

b)     refuses to employ a person or to admit a person to a trade union, professional association, school or educational programme because that person refuses or fails to answer questions about or to discuss being a party to inflicting death by homicide or suicide.

Intimidation to participate in inflicting death

241.5(3)    Every one commits an offence who, for the purpose of causing another person to be a party to inflicting death by homicide or suicide

(a)    suggests that being a party to inflicting death is a condition of employment, contract, membership or full participation in a trade union or professional association, or of admission to a school or educational programme; or

(b)    makes threats or suggestions that refusal to be a party to inflicting death will adversely affect

(i)    contracts, employment, advancement, benefits, pay, or

(ii)    membership, fellowship or full participation in a trade union or professional association.

Definitions

241.5(4) For the purpose of this section,

a)     "person" includes an unincorporated organization, collective or business;

b)     "inflicting death by homicide or suicide" includes medical assistance in dying as defined in Section 241.1, and attempted homicide and suicide.

Punishment

241.6(5) (a)    Every one who commits an offence under subsection (1) is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for life.

(b)    Every one who commits an offence under subsection (2) is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for ten years.

(c)    Every one who commits an offence under subsection (3) is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for five years.


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