Tag: MAID bill

‘Conscience Bill’ Seeks to Protect Health Professionals as Assisted Dying Bill Passes

A recently tabled private member’s bill would give health-care providers the right to refuse participation in medically assisted death, while government legislation passed in the House of Commons on March 11 aims to expand access to this medical procedure. Introduced by Conservative MP Kelly Block on Feb. 18, Bill C-268 would make it a criminal…


Canadian Senate Amends Assisted Dying Bill, Expands Access to Those With Mental Illness

The Senate voted to give the Canadian government 18 months to expand access to medical assistance in dying (MAiD) to people suffering solely from mental illnesses. On Tuesday, senators voted 57-21 to amend Bill C-7, which prohibits MAiD for people whose sole medical condition is a mental illness. The amendment would allow people suffering from…


Instead of Expanding MAiD, Expand Palliative Care

Commentary A good friend of ours died last year of a slow-growing but inexorable form of lung cancer. In his final months, he received expert outpatient care from a team of palliative-care specialists. When the end was imminent and breathing became difficult, he was asked if he preferred lucidity with suffering, or comfort. “Comfort,” he…


Justice Minister David Lametti Doesn’t Rule out Referring MAID Bill to Supreme Court

OTTAWA—Justice Minister David Lametti isn’t ruling out the possibility of asking the Supreme Court to advise on the constitutionality of a bill to expand access to assisted dying. Testifying at the Senate’s legal and constitutional affairs committee today, Lametti said a reference to the top court “is always an option.” But he says he’s never…