FEDS WANT MORE TIME TO MAKE CHANGES TO AS­SISTED-DY­ING LAW

Calgary Herald - - CANADA -

The fed­eral govern­ment is ask­ing a judge to ex­tend the dead­line for re­vis­ing its law on med­i­cal aid in dy­ing. A Que­bec court found parts of the law un­con­sti­tu­tional last fall, or­der­ing the govern­ment to change a pro­vi­sion say­ing that some­one’s death has to be “rea­son­ably fore­see­able” to be eli­gi­ble to end his or her life with a doc­tor’s help. The court has al­ready ex­tended the dead­line, un­til July 11,

but the Lib­er­als say they can’t make changes in time. Jus­tice Min­is­ter David Lametti and Health Min­is­ter Patty Ha­jdu say in a state­ment the COVID-19 pan­demic has meant Par­lia­ment can’t do reg­u­lar busi­ness and they want un­til Dec. 18 to pass the leg­is­la­tion. The min­is­ters say, with­out an ex­ten­sion, the one seg­ment of the law would stop ap­ply­ing only in Que­bec as of July 12.

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