Applying a disability lens doesn’t mean the obliteration of the existing safeguards of the medical assistance in dying legislation. It means addressing the lack of community supports and palliative care resources for disabled people and other vulnerable Canadians.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government declined to appeal the Quebec Supreme Court ruling on the medical assistance in dying legislation, which struck down the prerequisite for a 'natural, reasonably foreseeable death.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
The last-minute Liberal election commitment to apply a disability lens to all federal government decisions was both fought for and welcomed widely by the disability community across the country.
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'It’s a question of the Crown and its relations with Indigenous people and chiefs. It’s not a question of getting their views to a parliamentary committee,' says Green parliamentary leader Elizabeth May.
Plus, the heritage minister says recommendations made by an expert broadcast review panel will be used to inform a forthcoming government bill, which he expects to table before the House rises this summer.
The three-member working group set up by the House Board of Internal Economy in 2019 to oversee Centre Block’s renovation was disbanded with the last Parliament, and discussions are now underway on its successor.