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Appeal court ruling heaps doubt on viability of assisted death bill

Thursday, June 02, 2016 @ 8:00 PM | By Cristin Schmitz

The Senate’s Liberal éminence grise on the Constitution says the federal government’s claim that Bill C-14 is Charter compliant has been discredited by the Alberta Court of Appeal’s ruling that medical assistance in dying may not be denied to competent people suffering intolerably and irremediably from non-terminal ailments, including psychiatric conditions.

At press time, as the contentious legislation awaited report stage and third reading in the Commons — and an unpredictable journey through the Red Chamber — Senator Serge Joyal advised the Liberal government to heed...