McLeod lukewarm on proposed assisted dying legislation

By Jill Sperling
April 14, 2016 - 12:18pm

KAMLOOPS — Local MP Cathy McLeod says she's disappointed legislation has to be tabled so quickly when it comes to the sensitive subject of doctor-assisted dying. 

The government introduced the new law this morning. It says only people over the age of 18 with a serious or incurable illness would be eligible to seek medical assistance in ending their lives. 

McLeod says she's happy to see the Liberal government has listened to recommendations from conservative MPs, but she wants to do some more research on this new legislation. 

"Primarily, my concerns are the protection of the rights of health care, and to ensure that it is properly protecting those most vulnerable," said McLeod.

Canada's ban on assisted suicide was struck down last year and a deadline for a new law was extended to June of this year. 

McLeod says the time frame to look at such an important issue is very restricting. 

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