For the Barreau du Québec, it is “only a matter of time”.
The Barreau du Québec has chosen to delegate, as a witness to the Senate committee studying C-7, Me Jean-Pierre Menard, the lawyer who pleaded, and won, the case of Jean Truchon and Nicole Gladu.
Me Ménard is a lawyer specializing in health law and has worked in several high profile cases.
According to him, Bill C-7 does not correct the law as required by the Truchon judgment, we can read in Le Devoir.
The bill removes the provision that only those whose natural death is “reasonably foreseeable” have the right to request medical assistance in dying.
But there are only two scenarios that are, according to the Barreau du Québec, unacceptable. According to Mr. Ménard, these different scenarios would create two categories of citizens.
On the one hand, those who, at the end of their life, receive medical aid in dying, and on the other, criteria that are more restrictive to people who are not there.
In September 2019, the Superior Court of Quebec rendered a judgment expanding medical assistance in dying, potentially making it accessible to a greater number of people in the country.
Parliamentarians must pass C-7 before February 26, the date on which the Truchon judgment will take effect.
Senators are already signaling their desire to amend the text adopted by the Commons.