(Ottawa) Senators have resumed consideration of the bill expanding access to physician-assisted dying.
C-7 was drafted in response to a Quebec court that ruled the federal law on medical assistance in dying unconstitutional. Judge Christine Baudouin invalidated the concept of “reasonably foreseeable death” at the request of Jean Truchon and Nicole Gladu.
C-7 removes the provision that only those whose natural death is “reasonably foreseeable” have the right to request medical assistance in dying. It sets up two avenues of eligibility for this assistance: one which would allow people near death to receive medical assistance in dying, the other imposing more restrictive criteria on people who are not there. .
In December, the Conservatives in the Commons slowed down passage of the bill. Arrived at the gates of the Senate just before the end of year recess, C-7 could not be adopted in time to respect the court order.
Federal Minister of Justice David Lametti requested and obtained a new deadline, the third, for the application of the Truchon judgment.
Parliamentarians now have until February 26 to change the law.
On Monday morning, Minister Lametti therefore once again put his profession back on the work while he testified before a Senate committee which resumed the study of C-7.