Feb 19, 2014
By Jane Brown
Landmark euthanasia legislation is expected to be adopted in Quebec by the end of the week. The bill is prompted by a 2009 recommendation from Quebec’s College of Physicians. It would allow terminally ill adults who are in constant pain and experiencing rapid declines to request that a doctor give them a lethal dose of medication. The Parti Quebecois government is not calling it euthenasia but rather medical aid in dying portraying it as an exceptional last step in a host of palliative care services for those in the final stages of life. One final debate on the measure is expected this week, with a vote as early as tomorrow. It would make Quebec the first province to legalize doctor assisted death. Zoomer Media Founder Moses Znaimer is co-lead patron of Dying with Dignity Canada along with Canadian born actor Christopher Plummer.