Dec 10, 2015
By Jane Brown
Quebec’s Health Minister says doctor assisted death becomes law in his province today.
Gaetan Barrette made the announcement after Quebec’s top tribunal gave the province the go ahead to appeal a lower-court ruling that granted an injunction which blocks the bill from taking effect.
Lawyers will be in court for that appeal on Friday of next week, although a decision from the bench that day is thought to be unlikely.
The legislation, known as Bill Two, outlines how terminally ill patients in Quebec can end their lives with medical assistance.
It was passed by the National Assembly 18 months ago, making Quebec the first province to pass such legislation.
In February of this year, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled against a ban on doctor assisted death, which was to take effect in February of 2016, but the new federal Liberals are advocating for a six month extension.
Reaction to the latest developments with the Quebec Assisted Death legislation is coming up after the 11am news on Zoomer Radio’s Goldhawk Fights Back.