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2016-05-02 22:26 House intervention / intervention en chambre

Caregivers and health care professionals, Government bills, Health care system, Medical assistance in dying, Second reading

Aide médicale à mourir, Deuxième lecture, Soignants et professionnels de la santé, Système de soins de santé,

Mr. Speaker, the member has added one more to a long list of excellent speeches here today from all parties. Congratulations on that.

There are many conflicting emotions and opinions for so many people on this issue. I want to congratulate the government for taking those different viewpoints, balancing them with one another and with the requirement of the court ruling, and coming up with this excellent piece of legislation.

Would I like it to go further? Yes, I would. Personally, I would like to see the right to assisted death by a living will—that is advance approval—included as the member referenced. I also know that not everyone agrees with that for a variety of completely valid reasons. Indeed, many of our colleagues would like this bill to be more restrictive on certain points.

I congratulate also the special committee on such tremendous work and on producing such a comprehensive report that looks at these substantial and substantive nuances and conflicts. In the context of all the circumstances before us, the government has done the best possible job of balancing all of these different perspectives to get this bill in within the imposed and very rapid deadline.

I wonder if the member agrees that even on the points where he may disagree, the government has achieved a real working compromise that moves us forward as a country on this extremely important issue, and that the risk of doing too much and then having it fail outweighs the benefits of having a bill that would do everything the more progressive among us would like.

Monsieur le Président, le député a ajouté un discours de plus à la liste des excellents discours qui ont été prononcés par tous les partis ce soir. Je l'en félicite.

Cette question suscite bien des émotions et des opinions conflictuelles chez de nombreuses personnes. Je tiens à féliciter le gouvernement d'avoir tenu compte de ces différents points de vue, d'avoir su concilier ces diverses perspectives avec les exigences de la décision de la cour, et d'avoir élaboré cet excellent projet de loi.

Est-ce que je voudrais aller plus loin? Oui, j'aimerais le faire. En ce qui me concerne, j'aimerais que l'on puisse inclure l'aide à mourir dans un testament biologique, c'est-à-dire accorder son consentement à l'avance, comme le député l'a souligné. Je sais aussi que personne ne s'entend sur cette question pour diverses raisons. D'ailleurs, bon nombre de nos collègues aimeraient que ce projet de loi soit plus restrictif à certains égards.

Je tiens également à féliciter le comité spécial de son travail exceptionnel et d'avoir produit un rapport aussi détaillé qui tient compte des nuances et des conflits importants qui sont au coeur de cette question. Compte tenu de toutes les circonstances auxquelles nous devons faire face, le gouvernement a fait de son mieux pour concilier ces différentes perspectives afin de présenter ce projet de loi dans les délais très serrés qui ont été imposés.

Je me demande si le député convient que, même sur les points où il n'est pas d'accord, le gouvernement a réussi à établir un terrain d'entente qui permet au pays d'avancer dans ce dossier très important, et que le risque de proposer un projet de loi voué à l'échec parce qu'il en fait trop est plus grand que les avantages d'avoir un projet de loi qui offre tout ce que veulent les plus progressistes d'entre nous.

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Posted at 15:26 on May 02, 2016

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