Disappointment in Response to Expert Panel Announcement

On Friday, July 17, after months of waiting, Canadians finally learned what the federal government has planned for the creation of legislation on physician assisted dying. The news came at the end of the week in the middle of summer barbeque season with as little fanfare as possible.

According to a recent article by Globe and Mail columnist André Picard, "[the federal government] opted for cowardly dithering, appointing a panel 'to consult with Canadians on options to respond to the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision' and giving the panel a late-fall deadline – conveniently after the Oct. 19 vote — to report back on legislative options.”

“Worse yet, the government stacked the panel with opponents of assisted death, showing contempt not only for the landmark ruling, but for the process of law-making more generally.”

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