COURT SAYS QUEBEC CAN PROCEED WITH DYING-IN-DIGNITY LAW

Dec 22, 2015

By Bob Komsic

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The top court in Quebec has overturned a lower court decision aimed at suspending implementation of the province’s assisted-dying law.
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The Quebec Court of appeal has ruled the law does not conflict with provisions of the Criminal Code.
The court says the sections that ban assisted-dying were not valid after the Supreme Court of Canada struck down the federal law last February.
It also says Quebec’s assisted-dying law fills a judicial void by allowing patients to exercise their rights granted to them by the country’s high court.
Wanda Morris welcomes the decision.
Wanda Morris
The CEO of ”Dying With Dignity Canada” tells Zoomer Radio News she’s also hoping the Supreme Court will not extend its timeline for implementing doctor-assisted dying across the country.
The high court has set aside January 11, 2016 to hear oral submissions on the Trudeau government’s request for a six-month delay.
The ban on assisted-dying is to be lifted February 6th and the Canadian Medical Association has not court out in support of an extension.
The CMA says it’s ”acutely sensitive” to concerns that could be viewed as prolonging the suffering of some Canadians.
But the doctors’ group says Ottawa, the provinces, as well as medical organizations, need additional time on the grounds the issue’s too complex to rush into just weeks from now.
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