Medically Assisted Death in Canada – Unsettled (and Unsettling?) Law

  • Kim Clarke Bennett Jones Law Library, University of Calgary
Keywords: law, physician-assisted suicide

Author Biography

Kim Clarke, Bennett Jones Law Library, University of Calgary
LL.B., MLIS, Head, Bennett Jones Law Library, University of Calgary

References

(1) An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts (medical assistance in dying), SC 2016, c 3, available at http://canlii.ca/t/52rs0 (“Medical Assistance in Dying Act”). Medical assistance in dying has been legal in Quebec since December 2015, pursuant to An Act Respecting End-of- Life Care, RSQ c S-31.0001,
available at http://canlii.ca/t/52mj4.

(2) Carter v Canada (Attorney General), 2015 SCC 5, [2015] 1 SCR 331, available at http://canlii.ca/t/gg5z4. [Carter].

(3) Criminal Code, RSC 1985, c C-46, s 227(1), available at http://laws.justice.gc.ca/PDF/C-46.pdf.

(4) Peter W Hogg, Presentation to Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs Bill C-14 (medical assistance in dying) (June 6, 2016), available at http://www.parl.gc.ca/content/sen/committee/421/LCJC/Briefs/LCJC_June_6_2016_SN_Hogg_e.pdf.

(5) Canada (Attorney General) v EF, 2016 ABCA 155, 2016 CarswellAlta 895, available at http://canlii.ca/t/grqkg. (“EF”)

(6) Mike Laanela, “Assisted-dying legislation faces new legal challenge in B.C.: Julia Lamb, 25, says she is terrified Canadian law could mean decades of mental and physical suffering, CBCNews (27 June 2016), available at http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bccla- assisted-dying- legislation-1.3654220.

(7) Definition of “terminal illness” in Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act, Or. Rev. Stat. 127.800 §1.01(12), available at https://public.health.oregon.gov/ProviderPartnerResources/EvaluationResearch/DeathwithDignityAct/Documents/statute.pdf.

(8) House of Commons Debates, Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada) (April 22, 2016), available at
http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Pub=Hansard&Doc=45&Parl=42&Ses=1&Language=E&Mode=1

(9) Department of Justice, Medical Assistance in Dying: Glossary, available at http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/cj-jp/ad-am/glos.html.

(10) Specifically, the Pension Act, RSC 1985, cP-6, Corrections and Conditional Release Act, 1992 SC, c20, and Canadian Forces Members and Veterans Re-establishment and Compensation Act, SC 2005, c21.

(11) Canada, External Panel on Options for a Legislative Response to Carter v Canada, Consultations on Physician-Assisted Dying – Summary of Results and Key Findings – Final Report (Ottawa: 15 December 2015), available at http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/rp-pr/other- autre/pad-amm/pad.pdf.

(12) The Provincial-Territorial Expert Advisory Group on Physician-Assisted Dying, Final Report (18 November 2015) at 34, available at http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/news/bulletin/2015/docs/eagreport_20151214_en.pdf.

(13) Canada, Special Joint Committee on on Physician-Assisted Dying, Report of the Special Joint Committee on Physician Assisted Dying (Ottawa: Senate and House of Commons, 25 February 2016), available at http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Language=e&Mode=1&Parl=42&Ses=1&DocId=8120006.

(14) House of Commons Debates, Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada) (May 31, 2016), available at
http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&DocId=8310832#Int-8948828.
Published
2016-12-05
How to Cite
Clarke, K. (2016). Medically Assisted Death in Canada – Unsettled (and Unsettling?) Law. Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association / Journal De L’Association Des Bibliothèques De La Santé Du Canada, 37(3). https://doi.org/10.5596/c16-021
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