Who should get a medically assisted death? Canadians get 2 weeks to weigh in on new limits Social Sharing
2020-01-13 from cbc.ca
Hurrying to meet a looming court deadline, the federal government has given Canadians two weeks to weigh in on how far to extend access to medical aid in dying.
Online consultations, which begin today, take on potentially contentious questions such as whether to change the standard 10 day "reflection period" patients are supposed to wait, whether to make psychiatric evaluations mandatory for all patients and whether the doctor or nurse practitioner should be obligated to consult the patient's family or loved ones.
Along with the online questionnaire, federal cabinet ministers will be holding in-person discussions with experts across the country. Justice Minister David Lametti is kicking off the process with a meeting in Halifax Monday afternoon.
"Medical assistance in dying is a profoundly complex and personal issue for many Canadians," Lametti said in a statement. "The consultations we are launching today will allow us to hear directly from Canadians and guide the path forward."
The government has limited time to tackle the complex questions around expanding the right to die, with less than two months to go before a deadline set by a Quebec Superior Court judge.
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