Oct 04, 2013

By Andy Johnson

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Canada’s federal health minister says she’s willing to discuss doctor assisted suicide with her provincial counterparts, but Rona Ambrose says there are no plans to change the law against it. The provincial and territorial health ministers are in Toronto for a conference and will meet with Ambrose later today. Several health minster from across the country says there there should be a national discussion about the emotionally-charged subject, but won’t say whether assisted suicide should be legalized. Yesterday, the ministers were briefed by Quebec’s health minister about his government’s right-to-die legislation, the first of its kind in Canada. If passed, it would outline the conditions necessary for someone to get medical assistance to die. The issue resurfaced recently after Dr. Donald Low, who guided Toronto through the SARS crisis a decade ago, asked that Canada allow people to die with dignity, eight days before he died from a brain tumour last month.

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