No signs of life for legally mandated review of assisted dying law
June 22, 2020
The law requires that a review of the act start soon—but it’s not clear who, if anyone, is accountable if it doesn’t.
Justice Minister David Lametti has handled the assisted dying file for the Liberal government. A legally-mandated parliamentary review of the 2016 assisted dying law is due to begin soon, but Parliament has been derailed by an agreement between the Liberals and NDP to limit parliamentary activities until September amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
The start date for a review of Canada’s assisted dying law in Parliament came and went last week, with no one in government or Parliament claiming responsibility for the legally required study.
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