Bill C-14 is not perfect. Given how diverse and polarized the opinions are, trying to land on a perfect Bill—or as some have opined, ‘getting it right’—is like trying to achieve unison when everyone is singing from a different score. Now more than ever, wisdom and restraint must guide Canada through this transformative change in our approach to suffering.
Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, left and Health Minister, Jane Philpott, right. Ms. Wilson-Raybould has been publicly warning of the dangers if there is no Canada-wide law surrounding medically-assisted dying. The Hill Times Photograph by Jake Wright.
Within days of Bill C-14 being tabled, I knew the road ahead would be long.
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'Our relationship with police has been one of violence, from the colonial nature of everything that has happened in Canada,' says Judith Sayers, president of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council in Port Alberni, B.C.
'I get we're in a pandemic, and I'm very supportive of using the technology, but until I know that it respects the basic rights and has the highest standards, I can't see that it's going to work,' said MP Charlie Angus.
'At least at this stage, it's better to work the backrooms, work the players that have some influence with the White House, and try to ensure that such a threat doesn't become a reality,' says Canada-U.S. group co-chair.
'We do not celebrate the existence of this country in the same way other people do, because we think that the existence of this country came at a price to our ancestors and to us,' says Senator Murray Sinclair.
'Peter MacKay has a proven track record of uniting Conservatives, and that's precisely what he's doing in the leadership campaign. And that's what he'll do if he's elected as leader,' says Conservative MP Michael Cooper.