Quebec moving on right to die legislation
Quebec will forge ahead with the province’s right-to-die law despite a request from Ottawa to put it on hold.
The health and justice ministers said Thursday the law will still enter into effect on Dec. 10, with the outcome of a legal challenge against Bill 52 the only possible obstacle.
The legislation, which was passed in 2014, would allow terminally ill patients to end their lives with medical help.
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled last February that Canadians with unbearable and irremediable suffering could be eligible to end their lives with a doctor’s aid, but the justices stayed their decision until Feb. 6, 2016, to give Parliament time to replace the existing law if it so chooses.
On Wednesday, federal Health Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould asked Quebec to suspend its law while her government prepares its own legislation on the issue.
Quebec Justice Minister Stephanie Vallee ruled that out, saying the law will take effect in two weeks.
“We’re staying the course, obviously” she said.
Earlier this month a handicapped woman as well as a coalition of physicians said they wanted to obtain an injunction to block the law.