WINNIPEG – The bill on doctor assisted death in Ottawa is not living up to anyone’s standards.
It’s before the senate right now, but even if they pass it…it’s generally believed it’ll be shot down in the courts.
That’s according to constitutional experts, as well as Winnipeg MLA Stephen Fletcher – who brought forth his own private member bill on the issue when he was an MP.
“It will be struck down in any case, so that’s why I say, in the big picture it doesn’t really matter if this legislation passes or fails. It’s going to get knocked out of the courts.”
The problem is the bill is too restrictive about who would be eligible for doctor assisted death. Fletcher points out that the bill is inconsistent with last year’s Supreme Court ruling on the issue, and in the end, it’ll be up to the provinces.
“What will happen is there will be slightly different standards across the country. But that is already the case in Canada. Each province has its own standards for all sorts of things.”
The Manitoba government says each request for doctor-assisted death has to be dealt with on a case-by-case basis by the courts.
The Senate, meantime, is expected to vote on the Liberal bill on Friday.