Apr 27, 2015
By Michael Kramer
Don’t expect the Harper government to table any new legislation on doctor-assisted dying – before the widely expected October election.
But Justice Minister Peter MacKay says the government will soon announce the details of consultations on the issue – as the Justice Department works to frame the discussion of the emotionally charged topic.
Last February, the Supreme Court struck down the prohibition on physician-assisted dying -and gave the federal government 12 months to craft a new law – recognizing the right of consenting adults who are enduring intolerable physical or mental suffering – to seek medical help to end their lives.
The Prime Minister promised to consult widely on doctor-assisted dying, but the government hasn’t disclosed how it would canvass the views of Canadians on the subject.
MacKay acknowledges that time’s running out, but says he needs to progress with caution – because of the sensitivity of the issue.