Canadian Attorney General says "right to die" won't pass Parliament 0
Federal Justice Minister and Attorney General Robert Nicholson said Thursday "the question of euthanasia" won't be reintroduced to Parliament after the issue was rejected last year.
Nicholson is currently facing two B.C. Supreme Court actions from different groups pushing for "the right to die." A trial date has already been set for Nov. 15, but Nicholson isn't shaken.
"We have been clear on this," Nicholson said. "That is not a subject we are opening or reintroducing into Parliament."
The B.C. Civil Liberties Association's case, representing ALS-patient Gloria Taylor, had been expedited to November due to her deteriorating health conditions.
If the court action is successful, "the government would have to use the notwithstanding clause (to override the law) . it would be a historic rights violation," said David Eby, BCCLA executive director.
Whether the second case, from the Farewell Foundation For The Right to Die, will proceed is scheduled for a decision Aug. 17.
"The attorney general of Canada has challenged our legal entitlement to bring the Farewell Foundation's case before the court . that entitlement is a precedent to any other activity before the court," said lawyer Jason Gratl.