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Conservative senator named to parliamentary committee to review assisted dying

OTTAWA — A long-awaited review of the medically-assisted dying regime can begin as a Conservative senator has been named to a joint parliamentary committee.

Tory Sen. Yonah Martin from British Columbia will sit on the panel along with four other senators from different groups in the Upper Chamber.

Ten parliamentarians from the House of Commons have also been named to the committee.

They’re tasked with examining issues related to mature minors, advance requests, mental illness, the state of palliative care in Canada as well as the protection of those with disabilities.

It is to report back with any recommended changes to the assisted dying regime within one year.

The five-year parliamentary review of Canada’s assisted-dying law was supposed to start last June but did not materialize.

The House of Commons and Senate passed Bill C-7 last month to expand assisted dying to people suffering intolerably but not near the natural end of their lives, in compliance with a 2019 Quebec Superior Court ruling.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 30, 2021.

The Canadian Press