The Liberal government’s assisted dying bill is expected to be given third and final reading in the House of Commons Tuesday, after clearing report stage Monday night without any amendments approved.
The Trudeau government insist their bill must be passed by June 6th to avoid a legal “vacuum,” although experts say medical regulators in every province have guidelines doctors must follow in order to help suffering patients.
Bill C-14 has even created divides among rank-and-file Liberals. Former prime minister Paul Martin and former interim leader Bob Rae have stressed it’s more important to get the law right than to meet the deadline.
The bill next goes to the Senate, where it faces more debate. It is not expected to make the June 6th deadline.
Meanwhile, Alberta’s NDP government introduced a motion on Monday in order to launch a debate on physician-assisted death.
The Notley government said its motion was introduced following months of consultations with Albertans and that it also plans to hear from opposition MLAs before moving ahead with a regulatory framework guided by Bill C-14.
The government also indicated that one year after the practice of physician-assisted death begins, it will review the regulatory measures surrounding it.
Earlier this month, the family of an Alberta woman suffering from a mental condition, applauded the courts for granting her a physician-assisted death.