Ottawa, Canada, Mar 12, 2021 / 17:18 pm
Canada's vulnerable populations are at risk due to Bill C-7's expansion of euthanasia and assisted suicide to those with disabling, non-terminal conditions including mental illness, a member of the Canadian parliament has said.
An amended version of Bill C-7 passed the Canadian House of Commons March 11 by a vote of 180-149. Should the bill be approved by the Senate, which is likely, Canada's euthanasia and assisted suicide laws will become some of the most permissible in the world.
"Bill C-7 is legislation that was a purported response to a Quebec superior court decision called 'Truchon'", Conservative MP Michael Cooper told CNA March 12.
"In the Truchon decision, the judge determined that the 'reasonably foreseeable' criteria--that death must be reasonably foreseeable in order to qualify for medical assistance in dying--contravened Canada's charter of rights and freedoms," he explained.