SENATE AMENDED ASSISTED DEATH BILL RETURNS TO HOUSE OF COMMONS

Jun 16, 2016

By Jane Brown

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Senators have passed an amended version of the Trudeau government’s controversial assisted dying bill.

Bill C-14 had already been amended by the upper chamber to remove a requirement that a person be near a natural death in order to qualify for a medically assisted death.

The governing Liberals have signalled they won’t accept that change, meaning the bill faces an uncertain future as it heads back to the House of Commons.

If MP’s reject the amendment, senators will have to choose whether to stand firm or give in to the will of the elected parliamentary chamber.

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