LIBERALS CUT SHORT DEBATE ON PROPOSED ASSISTED DYING LEGISLATION

May 05, 2016

By Jane Brown

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This didn’t go over well with opposition members of parliament. The Trudeau Liberals have cut short a debate on their proposed new law on medically assisted dying.

The Liberals used their majority yesterday to impose a time limit on second reading debate of the bill, saying a June 6th deadline to pass it is looming.

Conservative MP Blaine Calkins for one, called the cutting of debate “an abomination.”

But MPs from all parties came together later yesterday to give the bill approval in principle.

The bill must still be examined by the Commons justice committee, which could recommend amendments, before returning to the Commons for more debate and a final vote.

Then it will be presented to the Supreme Court of Canada, which has imposed an extended June 6th deadline for the new legislation on doctor assisted death to be in place.

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