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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'Different leadership could have decided that ‘no, we won’t collaborate with you, because we don’t have to under the legislation,’ says Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux. 'We want legislation to be clarified.'