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Bill C-14, legislation known as Medical Assistance in Dying, became law across Canada on June 17, 2016 after an emotional two-month debate in the House of Commons and in the Senate, where a minority of parliamentarians from all political parties, including the Liberals, tried unsuccessfully to convince the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to expand the criteria for seriously ill patients who would be eligible under the new law for assisted suicide from doctors and nurse practitioners.
The legalization of physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia represents a radical change to Western cultural values and is one of the most profound and sensitive issues of the 21st century. As a service to help our fellow Canadians understand how they could be impacted by this new law, we have written an extensively-researched legal analysis on it, which we have made available to our readers FREE of charge in celebration of BestStory.ca’s 4th anniversary on April 18, 2016.
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