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Quebec judge strikes down restriction in Bill C-14

Saturday, September 14, 2019

September 11, in reaction to Montreal plaintiffs who wish to exercise their right to an assisted death, Quebec Tribunal declares the requirement of the reasonably foreseeable natural death of the Canadian Criminal Code unconstitutional. 


Montreal residents Jean Truchon and Nicole Gladu both suffer from severe, chronic medical conditions and wish to exercise their right to an assisted death. Both were told that they did not qualify for MAID under Bill C-14 because their natural deaths were not “reasonably foreseeable.” They brought their case to a Quebec court, with positive results.  

 

"After the analysis of all of the evidence, the Tribunal finds that the requirement of the reasonably foreseeable natural death of the Canadian Criminal Code infringes the plaintiffs rights provided for in sections 7 and 15 of the Charter. Further, the end-of-life requirement of the End-of-Life Care Act also violates section 15 of the Charter and these violations can not be justified with respect to Article 1. Therefore, the Tribunal declares the contested provisions  unconstitutional." 


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