The full report of the Quebec Select committee public hearings on dying with dignity is finally available in English.
( French version was made public March 22, 2012)
After five months the French report was made released, the English full report of the public hearings is finally available.
To read the full report (see report section on the Quebec National Assembly website): http://www.assnat.qc.ca/en/travaux-parlementaires/commissions/CSMD/mandats/Mandat-12989/index.html
To read the summary : Summary_report_and_recommendations
Here is what you should know and the Select committee didn't want to publish:
- In the presentations to the Commission there was 99 per cent agreement that palliative care is the dignified choice Quebecers want available at the end of life.
- 60 per cent of the submissions opposed any opening for euthanasia.
- Only about a third (34per cent) of those who submitted or presented to the commission were either somewhat or strongly in favor of euthanasia. Quebecers have overwhelmingly told the members to respect existing laws banning euthanasia and focus instead on providing high quality palliative care
- A mere (two per cent) of the submissions support assisted suicide.
- Living with Dignity officially submitted 4 085 signatories of our manifesto that clearly indicates their positions against any form of euthanasia ( redefine as “medical to die”) and assisted suicide but wasn’t registered into the overall results.
- This is a far cry from the inflated survey numbers presented in the report that was highly criticized by the participants during the hearings as being biased and tendancious. http://www.vivredignite.com/en/docs/29_day_hearings_results.pdf