DRAFT OF CANADA'S DOCTOR ASSISTED DEATH LAW COULD BE READY NEXT MONTH

Feb 26, 2016

By Jane Brown

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Canada’s Justice Minister says she hopes to have draft legislation ready for cabinet on doctor assisted death within a couple of weeks.

Jody Wilson-Raybould says she hopes to have a bill that will create a balance that recognizes the autonomy of individuals while protecting the vulnerable.

A report by a special parliamentary committee was tabled yesterday and recommends that Canadians enduring intolerable suffering should be able to seek medical help to die with few obstacles.

It says legislation should allow those diagnosed with competence-impairing conditions like dementia to make advance requests for medical help to die.

Dying with Dignity Canada CEO Shanaaz Gokool tells Zoomer Radio’s Goldhawk Fights Back, the report’s recommendations reflect the values of Canadians.

“There’s been a massive cultural shift in the past year on how we regard medical assistance in dying, and we think that this is progress. This has now been recognized. This is a charter right. It is a human right, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the report,” Gokool explains.

June 6th is the deadline set by the Supreme Court of Canada for Ottawa to come up with legislation for doctor assisted death.

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