Government shares considerations behind its proposed approach to medical assistance in dying

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April 22, 2016 – Ottawa, Ontario – Government of Canada

Today, the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, tabled a paper examining several of the issues that the Government considered when developing Bill C-14 an Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts (medical assistance in dying).

This background paper includes a description of the proposed legislation and its potential impact on rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Bill C-14 would ensure that individuals like those who were before the courts in Carter could obtain access to medical assistance in dying. The paper also looks at Canadian and international evidence, research, consultation activities, parliamentary studies and governmental reports that informed the development of Bill C-14, and provides an overview of existing medical assistance in dying regimes in other countries.


“For all Canadians, this is a difficult and deeply personal issue, tied to their life experiences and personal beliefs. We believe that Bill C-14 is the best approach to ensure that dying patients who are suffering unbearable pain have the choice of a peaceful death, that the vulnerable are protected and conscience rights of medical practitioners are protected.

The Government is committed to openness and transparency. That is why we are sharing this information with the public today. It will help Parliamentarians and all Canadians understand the rationale behind the Government's approach as Bill C-14 is considered by Parliament.”

The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

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