Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Editorial Exchange: Canadians Waiting on Doctor-Assisted Suicide

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Editorial Exchange: Canadians Waiting on Doctor-Assisted Suicide

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Editorial Exchange: Canadians waiting on doctor-assisted suicide

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An editorial from the Hamilton Spectator, published Nov. 23:

Of course it is reasonable for the federal government to extend research and consultation on the question of doctor-assisted suicide. This is literally a matter of life and death, and under no circumstances should new policy be rushed.

The extension is needed because the former government dragged its feet after the Supreme Court of Canada lifted a ban on assisted suicide last February. In opposition at the time, Justin Trudeau tried to get the Harper Conservatives to get moving on a plan, but they rejected that, opting instead to stall, largely because of divisions in the Harper caucus. The foot-dragging means the new government has limited time to meet the court-imposed deadline of a year after the ruling. Extending that by a half a year under the circumstances is reasonable.

But more stalling isn't in the cards. Recent opinion polls show 77 per cent of the population believes in doctor-assisted suicide for people who are terminally ill. That support has grown by 10 per cent over the past several years. The results show that support is strong across demographics and political lines. It can be said without hyperbole that there is overwhelming support for physician-assisted suicide in limited circumstances with appropriate checks and balances in place.

Yet there are interest groups trying to delay or derail momentum. Canadian religious leaders including Catholic, evangelical Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities, want tight restrictions and a protection for doctors who don't want to be involved. …

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