By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
On February 6, 2015, the Supreme Court struck down Canada's assisted suicide law and it employed language that permits euthanasia in its irresponsible and dangerous decision. The Supreme Court gave parliament 12 months to legislate on the issues.
On January 11, 2016 the Supreme Court heard a request from the Federal government for a six month extension to legislate on euthanasia and assisted suicide in Canada. The Federal government suggested that Québec should be exempted from the extension to allow them to institute their own euthanasia law.
Today the Supreme Court decided to grant the Federal government a four month extension to legislate on the issues of euthanasia and assisted suicide, they agreed to exempt Québec from the extension and based on national "fairness" they have enabled Canadians to petition the Superior Court for approval to die by lethal injection. If governments do not legislate on the issues within four months, Canada's assisted suicide law (Section 241b) will be null and void leaving no protection in law for Canadians.