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Update on doctor assisted death legislation in Canada
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EZRA BLACK
Pass Herald Reporter
Under new legislation tabled in Parliament on April 14, doctor-assisted death will be restricted to mentally competent adults who have serious and incurable illness, disease or disability.

This is welcome news for Foothills MP John Barlow who last week addressed some of the more contentious recommendations from a parliamentary committee during a speaking tour of the riding. He spoke to a small crowd at the Pincher Creek Community Hall on April 7.

A joint parliamentary committee of senators and MPs examining the divisive issue of doctor-assisted death recommended extending the right to die to "mature minors" and the mentally ill, and allowing advance consent for patients with degenerative disorders.

But the bill tabled last week limits access to those "suffering intolerably" and whose death is "reasonably foreseeable." It does not compel physicians to participate in euthanasia if they don’t want to and bars the mentally ill. It also includes a mandatory 15-day "reflection period" so people don't make rash decisions.
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“Overall I feel much better than I did previously,” said Barlow. “[The tabled legislation] addressed a lot of the things that we brought up over the last couple of weeks, a lot of the things raised at our open houses.”

On Feb. 6, 2015, the Supreme Court ruled that Canadians have a right to doctor assisted death and gave Parliament and provincial legislatures 12 months to create the needed legislation to allow for doctor assisted dying. On Jan. 15, 2016, the court extended the deadline to June 6.

The court argued that those suffering from grievous and irredeemable medical conditions, “may be condemned to a life of severe and intolerable suffering” by the ban on assisted dying. “A person facing this prospect has two options: she can take her own life prematurely, often by violent or dangerous means, or she can suffer until she dies from natural causes. The choice is cruel,” said the court.
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The parliamentary committee’s 70-page report called "Medical Assistance in Dying: A Patient-Centred Approach," recommended that minors and the mentally ill should not be excluded from the right to doctor-assisted death.

Barlow said these controversial recommendations alienated a lot of people.

“This was much too broad for what people were thinking about,” he said. “I think people look at this as something for terminal illness, maybe the last months for a cancer patient or someone with ALS. They never expected this to include minors, or people with psychiatric and mental health issues.”
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