The Catholic bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories have joined other faith leaders from coast to coast in openly calling for all Canadians to oppose new legislation that would dramatically expand access to euthanasia and assisted suicide.

“We want people to be speaking up. Assisted suicide in and of itself is wrong. It’s immoral. It should not be happening,” Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith said in an interview. “It’s a terrible, shameful legacy for this country. It represents, in my view, a massive failure of compassion.”

Over 50 Christian, Jewish, Muslim, as well as other faith leaders across Canada, including Archbishop Richard Gagnon – representing Canada’s Catholic bishops – released an open letter against Bill C7. The eight-page document, entitled We Can and Must Do Much Better, is part of a national effort that urges Canadians to speak out and to contact their member of Parliament.

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