MAID Law: Trio of Cabinet Ministers Take Questions

In Committee from the House of Commons

MAID Law: Trio of Cabinet Ministers Take Questions

Justice and Human Rights – November 3, 2020:

Justice Minister David Lametti, Health Minister Patty Hajdu, and Employment and Disability Inclusion Minister Carla Qualtrough discuss Bill C-7, the government’s latest amendments to Canada’s medical assistance in dying (MAID) law.

In September 2019, a Quebec court ruled that the law restricting MAID access to those only with a “reasonably foreseeable” death was unconstitutional. The court ruling would mean Quebec would have different MAID rules from the rest of Canada unless the federal government amended the law. The federal government announced changes to Canada’s MAID laws in February, by expanding access to those who aren’t facing a “reasonably foreseeable” death.

Also speaking to the committee are physicians Dr. Ramona Coelho and Dr. Tanja Daws; Dying With Dignity Canada’s Helen Long and James Cowan, a former senator; as well as Quebec Association for the Right to Die with Dignity’s Dr. Georges L’Espérance.