Feb 24, 2020
By Christine Ross
The federal government has introduced legislation to expand access to assisted dying.
Justice Minister David Lametti and Health Minister Patty Hajdu say the bill proposes scrapping a provision in the law that allows only those already near death to receive medical assistance in dying, as ordered by a Quebec court last fall. However, the bill would also create a two-track approach to eligibility for assisted dying. For those deemed to be near death, the government is proposing to drop the requirement that a person must wait 10 days after being approved for an assisted death before receiving the procedure. It’s also proposing to drop the requirement that a person must be able to give consent a second time immediately prior to receiving the procedure. The eligibility requirements for those not near death would be more restrictive.