KAWARTHA LAKES: Local MP Jamie Schmale announced on Monday, May 9, the process by which he will be consulting constituents regarding Bill C-14 – The Medical Assistance in Dying Act.
“With issues of this magnitude, I believe the people of Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock deserve to have their opinions heard directly. As such, I am asking the people of this riding how I should vote on this Bill through a constituency referendum,” said Schmale. “I want their honest opinion; I will vote according to the majority of votes cast in this referendum.”
In 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada had a unanimous ruling that gave the government a deadline to create legislation on physician-assisted dying. Bill C-14 would change the Criminal Code so that: physicians, nurse practitioners – and those who help them – can provide assistance to die to eligible patients without the risk of being charged.
Each household in Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock should receive a copy by mail of the constituency referendum publication over the next few weeks. Included are arguments for both sides of this issue, a link where constituents can go to get help with further research and four ballots.
The ballots can be filled-out and returned to the office of Jamie Schmale by mail, postage-free. One vote may be cast per registered voter in each household. If somebody does not receive a copy of the constituency referendum publication, or if more ballots are required for larger households, additional ballots will be made available upon request.
Only ballots received prior to the date of the vote at Third Reading will be counted. The results of the referendum will be made public prior to the vote in the House of Commons. A copy of the ballot and frequently asked questions will be available at www.jamieschmale.ca. Constituents cannot vote over the internet: however they can print out the ballot and mail it in, postage-free.
For more information on Bill C-14, please visit the government of Canada website at: http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=867529.
Jamie P. Schmale, MP is a Canadian politician, who was elected to represent the riding of Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock.
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