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Ottawa will not legalize euthanasia or assisted suicide

by | Aug 6, 2011

Editor’s note. This appears on the blog of Alexander Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition.

Hon. Rob Nicholson

Canada’s Justice Minister Hon. Rob Nicholson, was asked by the media what the government will do in response to the court cases in British Columbia that are attempting to strike down, through the courts, Canada’s laws that protect people from euthanasia and assisted suicide.

Nicholson told reporters that Parliament has passed judgment on the issue of euthanasia, and will not soon return to the matter. He was referring to the defeat of a bill on euthanasia and assisted suicide introduced by veteran Bloc Québécois MP Francine Lalonde, but defeated 228 to 59 in May, 2010.

In other words, the government of Canada has no plans to legalize euthanasia or assisted suicide.

The BC Civil Liberties Association is representing Gloria Taylor and the family of Kay Carter. The case is attempting to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide through the courts.

The euthanasia lobby has been unable to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide through parliament by democratic means and have therefore decided to circumvent the power of parliament by convincing the courts to strike down the laws the protect Canadians from euthanasia and assisted suicide.