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.”





Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Roots & Blues announces ticket giveaway ahead of online festival

The festival is streaming free online this year, but those who pre-register can win passes for 2021.

Vernon business restores faith in humanity for houseboat fire victims

Community kindness leaves out-of-province father in tears of appreciation

Sicamous Eagles’ Jaxon Danilec moving on to Alberta Junior A team

Following a divisional MVP performance, the Olds Grizzlys came calling

Military police motorcycle rally passes through Salmon Arm

The rally benefits a fund that helps blind children in Canada

Fire at Marble Point near Sicamous now under control

Two days of work on the fire has reduced its size and controlled it

371 British Columbians battling COVID-19, health officials confirm

Thursday (Aug. 6) saw a second straight day of nearly 50 new confirmed cases

Penticton man wakes to wildfire, forced to evacuate

A wildfire sparked off the side of Highway 97 near Penticton on Thursday

Anti-gang cops probe Kelowna’s street-level drug trade over B.C. Day long weekend

CFSEU’s Gang Enforcement Team was deployed to Kelowna last weekend

Man allegedly wielding knife at Kelowna Superstore arrested

The 29-year-old Kelowna man has been released on strict conditions for a future court date

Visitors and non-residents entering closed remote B.C. First Nation’s territories

With limited resources, they say they don’t have any authority or power to enforce the closures

UBC loses appeal on Fisheries Act convictions

BC Supreme Court upholds order to pay $1.55-million fine

Masks to be mandatory on BC Transit, TransLink starting Aug. 24

Both BC Transit and TransLink made the announcement in separate press releases on Thursday

Acclaimed B.C. actor Brent Carver passes away

Carver, one of Canada’s greatest actors with a career spanning 40 years, passed away at home in Cranbrook

Most Read