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Rona Ambrose says she plans to vote against assisted dying bill

Conservative interim leader says that despite her plans to oppose the bill unless amended, her caucus is welcome to vote their conscience


 
Leader of the Opposition Rona Ambrose asks a question during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on Thursday, December 10, 2015. FRED CHARTRAND/CP

Leader of the Opposition Rona Ambrose asks a question during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on Thursday, December 10, 2015. FRED CHARTRAND/CP

OTTAWA – Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose says unless there are amendments, she’ll be voting against federal legislation aimed at allowing people to seek medical help to end their lives.

Ambrose says she’s thought a lot about the bill and says she wants to see stronger safeguards for the disabled community.

She says issues like mental health aren’t addressed well enough and she’s waiting to see if those and other provisions are strengthened by the time the bill gets to the final stage.

But while Ambrose says she’s opposed to the legislation as written, that doesn’t bind other members of the Conservative caucus who will be allowed to vote their conscience.

Quebec Tory MP Denis Lebel says he’s in support of the proposed law, noting that his province already has existing legislation on the books.

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The House of Commons and Senate are currently studying the legislation with an eye towards making it the law of the land by June 6 — the date the Supreme Court set after it struck down the existing ban on doctor-assisted death.

Ambrose says the government appears open to amendments, which is why she’s not firmly closing the door on eventually voting in favour of the bill.

“I think they are being constructive and collaborative,” Ambrose said.

“Many of our MPs and potentially some from other parties will bring forward amendments and then I will reconsider at third reading.”


 

Rona Ambrose says she plans to vote against assisted dying bill

  1. “I think they are being constructive and collaborative,” Ambrose said.
    Unlike your government Rona … don’t try to pretend you weren’t part of it … we remember.

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