I strongly oppose the proposed change to the CPSA's Standards of Practice which would require that a physician in Alberta maintain an "effective referral" plan. Such a requirement would require Alberta physicians to actively participate in morally dubious practices such as "MAID". As a result, it would put many physicians in the impossible position of either violating their consciences, or violating the CPSA's Standards of Practice and putting their careers at risk. Moreover, this change would run contrary to the assurance from the Supreme Court of Canada which assured physicians that nothing in its ruling (which confirmed the constitutionality of MAID) “…would compel physicians to provide assistance in dying.” This is precisely what the proposed change to the CPSA's Standards of Practice would do. I therefore strongly urge the CPSA not to adopt this change.