Dec 03, 2015
By Michael Kramer
Canada’s attorney general is asking the Supreme Court of Canada for more time.
Jody Wilson-Raybould wants a six-month extension on the deadline for the court’s response to a landmark ruling on doctor-assisted death.
And the AG is also asking that any opposing party be required to respond within three days – instead of the traditional 10-day period.
The court is required by law – to respond to the request for an extension.
Last February, it recognized the right – of clearly consenting adults who are enduring intolerable physical or mental suffering – to end their lives with a physician’s help.
The top court also gave Parliament a year – to craft a set of laws to govern assisted dying.
Ontario and British columbia have indicated they would be open to working with the federal Liberals over an extended period – to ensure the matter gets the attention it deserves.