OTTAWA – Two senators say it’s time for a national debate on assisted death and they want that discussion to happen on Parliament Hill.
So Conservative Sen. Nancy Ruth and Liberal Sen. Larry Campbell are bringing forward a bill later today that would allow for assisted suicide, if passed.
Their decision follows repeated attempts by Tory MP Stephen Fletcher to get private member’s bills on the issue debated in the House of Commons.
Fletcher says with his bills languishing, it’s clear elected MPs don’t want to deal with a subject many Canadians want addressed, so it’s up to the Senate.
The Supreme Court is currently studying the constitutionality of Canada’s ban on assisted suicide, but the senators say whatever happens with the top court, new laws will still be required.
The senators say their goal is to get their bill passed by the spring, at which point it would move to the House of Commons for review.