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Submission to Parliamentary Committees on Bill C-14, New Physician Assisted Dying Bill

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Bill C-14 must be amended in order to ensure compliance with the Carter decision, and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. We support the amendments proposed by Prof. Jocelyn Downie.

The BCCLA takes the position that prohibiting patients whose deaths are not “reasonably foreseeable” from having the choice of medical assistance in dying violates the Charter. The BCCLA adopts the written submissions of our legal counsel in the Carter case, Joseph Arvay, Q.C. Those submissions describe in detail how the Bill fails to meet the basic requirement of constitutionality, set out in Carter.

Read the full submission here.