It’s a wait-and-see approach from the Saskatchewan Government when it comes to physician assisted deaths.
As of Tuesday, it is legal in Canada for doctors to help a patient end their life if they are suffering from a “grievous and irremediable” medical condition which causes “enduring suffering” that is intolerable to them.
Saskatchewan Health Minister Dustin Duncan says they will wait on introducing any legislation surrounding assisted deaths until after the federal government releases its decision.
Federal Government House Leader Dominic Leblanc says it’s too early to speculate about whether the current session of Parliament could be extended to ensure passage of the Liberal medically-assisted dying legislation.
Leblanc says he’s still hopeful the Senate will approve Bill C-14 before the summer break.
The House of Commons is currently scheduled to rise for the summer on June 23rd.
If the bill becomes law without being amended, Canada’s foremost constitutional authority predicts it will be struck down by the courts as unconstitutional.
(with files from The Canadian Press)