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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

MP Supports Assisted Dying Bill

Ottawa | by Ian MacLennan  

Stanton likes boundaries placed on giving consent for medically assisted dying.

Simcoe North Conservative MP Bruce Stanton says he supports the Trudeau government's bill on medically assisted dying because of the boundaries that are in place.

Stanton says he initially had concerns that a person could provide consent in advance of a condition they expected to have or that mature minors would be allowed to give consent.

The legislation is currently in the Senate, with some members expressing concern the bill would allow assisted death only for suffering Canadians who are already near death,  while others grapple whether it's constitutionally sound.

Stanton questions how you can render judgement at this stage before the bill has even been to a court to say that it is unconstitutional.

He says the language in the legislation becomes important.

Stanton says the government's decision to put limits consent is the right one, adding until there is practical application of the law in the coming years to see how it is going to be used by patient's and how it is going to be applied, it will give people a body of knowledge of how this is going to work.

 

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