The Canadian Press

2015-02-24 | Assisted Death

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The Harper government is signalling that it will ask the Supreme Court of Canada to give Parliament more than 12 months to come up with a new law on doctor-assisted death. Bob Dechert, parliamentary secretary to Justice Minister Peter MacKay, told the House of Commons that 12 months is not reasonable, given the delicacy of the issue and the fact that an election will shutter Parliament for two or three months in the fall. (Dechert made the comment as he gave the government response to a Liberal motion calling for the creation of a multi-party committee to consult Canadians and experts and to draft the outlines of a new law by the end of July. The Conservatives say they will vote against the motion.)

Date: 2015-02-24
Placeline: OTTAWA.
Source: The Canadian Press
Length: 15 seconds

Transcript Prediction: << I think that there are other opportunities for the government to ask the court for an extension and given the circumstances of the issue and this particular year I think they the court would have a would be very likely to consider those argument >>