Canadian legislation has passed both Houses! In a tremendous step forward, the Canadian Parliament has passed their law for medical assistance in dying. This will boost the chances of voluntary assisted dying legislation in Tasmania and more generally in Australia.
We still think it’s unfortunate that there is a requirement that a person’s death is reasonably foreseeable, because this is cruel to people with terrible suffering who have no end in sight. We agree with Canadian Senator Pratte as quoted in this article :
I am convinced the government is making a serious and cruel mistake by taking away the right to medically assisted dying from a group of patients, those who are not terminally ill and yet suffering terribly. … hopefully in the not too distant future the courts will remedy that mistake.
These people are also at great risk of taking desperate measures as shown so clearly by the evidence of the Victorian Coroners Court to the Victorian inquiry on end of life choices. We will continue to monitor what the Canadian courts do on this matter, and the response of the Victorian Government to the recommendation that assisted dying legislation be introduced in that State.