Medical aid in dying: federal leaders are cautious, but open

Health Politics

Federal party leaders have been cautious but open to the Superior Court’s decision to expand access to medical assistance in dying.

“We welcome with great openness the fact that we continue to have a discussion, including in the courts, about the next steps the government should take,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during his visit to Victoria, in British Columbia.  

The Liberal leader insisted on the “tricky” aspect of this issue, stressing that his team would take good care of the recent judgment before making any decision.  

Nicole Gladu and Jean Truchon, the two Quebecers behind the legal battle on medical aid in dying, on Thursday urged provincial and federal decision-makers not to appeal the decision of the Quebec Superior Court.  

Ottawa and Quebec have 30 days to appeal Wednesday’s decision, day one of the election campaign.  

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh is the one who has shown the strongest support for the judgment.

“It shows that there is really a problem with (current) regulation,” he said from Brampton, Ontario. I am open to making sure everyone who needs this service can access it. ”  

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer was miffed.  

“We will continue to study the issue,” he said during a campaign event in Toronto. It’s a very important decision that will touch the lives of many Canadians. ”  

Bloc Quebecois leader Yves-François Blanchet argued that it was important to exclude “any partisan consideration” from this debate.  

“[The judgment] seems to show that there is indeed a potential for improvement of this law,” he said during a scrum of press in Saint-Bonaventure, near Drummondville.

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