Protection of Conscience Project
Protection of Conscience Project
Service, not Servitude

Service, not Servitude

Special Joint Committee on Physician Assisted Dying
Parliament of Canada (January-February, 2016)

Witness Presentations, Meetings 2-7

Parliament Hill

Witnesses were heard during 10 Committee meetings.  Witness lists and links to full videos and transcripts of the meetings are provided below.  In addition, edited videos showing discussion relevant to freedom of conscience are provided for each meeting.

Meeting No. 2:  18 January, 2016
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Department of Justice

Joanne Klineberg, Senior Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section

Jeanette Ettel, Counsel, Human Rights Law Section

Meeting No. 3:  25 January, 2016
Full Video | Full Transcript
Department of Health

Abby Hoffman, Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy

Sharon Harper, Manager, Chronic and Continuing Care Division

As an individual

Peter Hogg, Scholar in Residence, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Barreau du Qu├ębec

Marc Sauvé, Director, Research and Legislation Services

Jean-Pierre Ménard, Lawyer

Meeting No. 5:   26 January, 2016
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External Panel on Options for a Legislative Response to Carter v. Canada

Benoît Pelletier, Member, External Panel

Stephen Mihorean, Executive Director, Secretariat

Provincial-Territorial Expert Advisory Group on Physician-Assisted Dying

Jennifer Gibson, Co-Chair

Maureen Taylor, Co-Chair

Meeting No. 6:  27 January, 2016
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Canadian Medical Association

Dr. Cindy Forbes, President

Dr. Jeff Blackmer, Vice-President, Medical Professionalism

.Brief (Brief Extracts)

Canadian Nurses Association

Anne Sutherland Boal, Chief Executive Officer

Josette Roussel, Senior Nurse Advisor

Brief(Brief Extracts)

Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians

Dr. Monica Branigan

Brief (Brief Extracts)

Canadian Pharmacists Association

Carlo Berardi, Chair

Phil Emberley, Director, Professional Affairs

Brief (Brief Extracts)

Canadian Psychiatric Association

Dr. K. Sonu Gaind, President

Katie Hardy, Director, Professional and Member Affairs

Meeting No. 7:  28 January, 2016
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As an individual

Hon. Steven Fletcher

Council of Canadians with Disabilities

Dean Richert, Co-Chair, Ending of Life Ethics Committee

Rhonda Wiebe, Co-Chair, Ending of Life Ethics Committee


Dying With Dignity Canada

Linda Jarrett, Member, Disability Advisory Council

Brief (Brief Extracts)

As an individual

Jocelyn Downie, Professor, Faculties of Law and Medicine, Dalhousie University


As individuals

David Baker, Lawyer, Bakerlaw


Trudo Lemmens, Professor, Faculty of Law & Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto