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Standard for medically assisted death ‘flexible,’ says government Commons brief

By Tim Naumetz      

Addendum may reveal that the government would allow medically assisted death earlier than some critics of the legislation believe to be the case.

Justice Minister Jody-Wilson Raybould, right, voted in support of several Senate amendments today, and tabled an addendum that adds flexibility in interpreting the qualifications for medically-assisted death. The Hill Times Photograph by Jake Wright
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Before the House of Commons rejected a Senate amendment Thursday that would have significantly expanded the threshold for access to medically assisted death under the government’s controversial Bill C-14, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould released a new legal view suggesting the original section the Senate deleted had been purposefully worded to allow medically assisted dying on a wider scope than previously thought. A Justice Department attachment to a government motion from Ms. Raybould, who otherwise accepted several significant amendments

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