May 30, 2016

By Bob Komsic

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Members of Parliament vote this evening on amendments to the government’s proposed legislation on doctor-assisted dying – Bill C-14.
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The Trudeau Liberals are hoping it passes in the Commons tomorrow in an effort to have passed into law before the Supreme Court’s deadline of June 6.
The New Democrats justice and health critics, Murray Rankin and Brigitte Sansoucy, are adding their voices to the growing number of politicians and critics expressing concerns with the bill.
Both say it does not meet the minimum requirements laid out by the high court.
The NDP critics are urging the government not to rush the ”flawed” legislation through the Commons.
Rankin wants the government ”to listen to the vast number of commentators and experts out there … let’s fix it, let”s do it right.”
He adds if it passes without any amendments that the Liberals should refer it back to the Supreme Court.
The bill must also be approved by the Senate and the leader of the Conservatives in the upper chamber, Senator Claude Carignan says, ”We will take time to study this bill properly.  We will try to reduce the delay, to do our job with diligence – but this week, it’s impossible.”
Any changes by the Senate would see the bill return to the Commons for another vote.
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