While the federal government says it isn’t planning to table new assisted dying legislation before this year’s federal election, Quebec’s work to implement new laws surrounding end-of-life choice is well underway.
The province passed Bill 52, An act respecting end-of-life care, in June 2014, with the law set to come into effect by the end of this year. The new rules establish palliative care as a right for all Quebeckers. In addition, physician assisted dying will be available for terminally individuals in hospitals, nursing homes and hospices, as well as patients who wish to die at home.
DWD Canada CEO Wanda Morris recently spoke with Dr. Daniel Weinstock, the Canadian Research Chair on Ethics and Political Philosophy at McGill University, about how Quebec’s preparations are progressing. Though not a verbatim transcript, the following Q&A is collection of key points of their conversation. It offers helpful updates what the regulations and safeguards the Quebec law with the guidelines set out by the Supreme Court in its historic ruling in Carter v. Canada.