(Ottawa) Senators have agreed to put the bill to expand access to medical assistance in dying to a vote by February 17.
That would leave a little over a week for the House of Commons to consider any amendment approved by the Senate before the three-time court extended deadline of February 26.
Several senators indicated that they would propose substantial modifications to the bill which aims to bring the law into conformity with a decision of the Superior Court of Quebec in 2019. This invalidated a provision authorizing medical assistance in dying only for people whose natural death is “reasonably foreseeable”.
The timing of the vote could still make it impossible to meet the deadline set by the court.
An amended version of the bill is expected to land in the House of Commons for MPs to decide whether to accept or reject the amendments before sending them to the Senate, where senators are expected to decide whether to approve the bill even if some or all their amendments were rejected.
In theory, the bill could bounce multiple times between the two chambers.