As public hearings on the controversial topic of assisted suicide get underway in Quebec today, Liberal MNA and committee chair Geoff Kelley says the debate will be an emotional one. Kelley told CTV his committee of elected officials was invited by the Quebec College of Physicians and Surgeons to review medical practices on euthanasia and end-of-life care. The committee has already heard from 32 legal and medical experts on the issues, and it will now be the public’s turn to join the discussion. Three hundred written and oral submissions are expected from the public, as well as 3,300 online questionnaires. The hearings will not change the fact that euthanasia and assisted suicide are currently illegal in Canada, but will continue the revived debate among the public and medical professionals about the rules governing euthanasia and assisted suicide.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010