Ottawa has fumbled assisted-dying bill from start, Canadians deserve a better law

Missing the court-imposed June 6 deadline will not plunge this nation into some type of chaotic constitutional abyss, but the past 16 months leading to that deadline have taught us a lot about our political system and the men and women who represent us. It tells us a lot about the perils of fixed election dates, a move to remove partisanship from the Senate, the management of the legislative agenda by a rookie government, but most of all it tells us a lot about the timidity of our elected representatives.

The Trudeau Liberals inherited the file and a deadline of barely 90 days, including a Christmas break, when the cabinet was formally installed in November. It asked the court for a six-month extension, but was given four months.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

By TIM HARPER

PUBLISHED : Monday, May 30, 2016 12:00 AM

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