MP challenges government’s handling of assisted dying legislation

Mel Arnold is concerned the Liberals will bring debate to a halt

North Okanagan-Shuswap’s MP insists there needs to be a thorough discussion about medically assisted death.

Conservative Mel Arnold says he’s concerned the Liberal government will end debate as early as today (Wednesday) on the proposed assisted dying legislation only after two days of discussion.

“It’s possibly the biggest decision we will make on human life in decades,” he said.

The Supreme Court has set a June 6 deadline for legislation to be in place, and Arnold believes that is driving the Liberals’ timeline instead of allowing MPs to review the proposal further.

“There will be very little chance for amendments to it,” he said.

The proposal allows for consenting adults to request assisted death if they are in an advanced stage of irreversible decline from a serious and incurable disease, illness or disability and natural death is reasonably foreseeable.

Arnold says he won’t decide how he will vote until he sees the final wording.

“I want to see the strongest safeguards for the most vulnerable,” he said.

“I would like to see clarity and definitions in the draft legislation. The definitions now are too open to interpretation.”





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