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[Comment] Unresolved issues in Canada’s law on physician-assisted dying

On Feb 6, 2015, a landmark decision by the Supreme Court of Canada declared Criminal Code proscriptions against physicians assisting in the death of patients in violation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Implementation was suspended for 12 months.1 With the change of government in late 2015 an extension was granted. After considerable wrangling between the House of Commons and the Senate Bill C-14 was passed on June 17, 2016, making medical assistance in dying legal in Canada.2 The ruling granted the right to assistance in dying to all competent adults with a “grievous and irremediable condition”.

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