OTTAWA, April 2, 2015 – Once again, the federal government has been left to deal with the fallout from a controversial Supreme Court ruling.
So the question now becomes: What should Ottawa do on physician-assisted suicide?
In the new edition of Inside Policy, the magazine of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, Stanley Hartt urges the government to use caution in drafting new legislation on the issue.
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The decision to end someone’s life is as serious as they come, he says.
“When an incurably ill person is nearing inevitable death, they are extremely vulnerable to external pressures as to the timing of death”, he writes.
Many people will feel pressured to ask a physician to speed their deaths. As a result, the question of a patient’s competence to make a decision to end their life must be handled carefully.
MLI Managing Director Brian Lee Crowley and Senior Fellow Dwight Newman chart the long-term impact of the Court’s recent turn towards judicial activism.
Also in this issue of Inside Policy:
- Globe and Mail columnist Jeffrey Simpson reflects on why we still struggle to find the middle ground where First Nations can participate in a modern economy while preserving autonomy and individual lifestyles;
- UNB Professor Emeritus Paul Gendreau laments the sidelining of science in the debate around solitary confinement in Canadian prisons;
- Former journalist Eric Marks calls out governments and other institutions for obstructing our understanding of Canadian history;
- CapX columnist Karen Horn says governments should convince us, rather than nudge us, toward making the right decisions.
Scott Newark analyses Canada’s new terrorism legislation, Malcolm Cairns reviews Canadian freight rail policy and Crowley says that all politicians are guilty of ignoring expert opinion.
Inside Policy, the magazine of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, is published six times a year.
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