Canadian bill set to pass House of Commons
On Monday night, with a slightly amended bill to regulate medically assisted death (C-14) reported back to the House of Commons, the margin of approval was more than halved. All nine opposition amendments to the bill failed to pass. That result suggests the bill will pass again at third reading, but it is unlikely the Senate will finish with the bill by June 6. The bill will face strong resistance in the Senate, not only from the Tories, but from the Liberal Senators expected to help usher the bill through the Senate. “The wording in Carter is very clear … there is nothing in there about it being a terminal illness, nothing about age,” Liberal Senator Jim Cowan said. “Any attempt by Parliament to take away rights that have been granted and confirmed by the Supreme Court is out of order and I think the bill falls short.” If new legislation is not in place by June 6, it is believed that last year’s Supreme Court ruling comes into effect, allowing assisted dying for those with a ‘grievous and irremediable’ medical condition.