Feb 24, 2020

By Christine Ross

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The federal government has introduced legislation to expand access to assisted dying.

Justice Minister David Lametti and Health Minister Patty Hajdu say the bill proposes scrapping a provision in the law that allows only those already near death to receive medical assistance in dying, as ordered by a Quebec court last fall. However, the bill would also create a two-track approach to eligibility for assisted dying. For those deemed to be near death, the government is proposing to drop the requirement that a person must wait 10 days after being approved for an assisted death before receiving the procedure. It’s also proposing to drop the requirement that a person must be able to give consent a second time immediately prior to receiving the procedure. The eligibility requirements for those not near death would be more restrictive.

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