ATTORNEY GENERAL REQUESTS DELAY ON ASSISTED DYING

Dec 03, 2015

By Michael Kramer

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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.

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