Some Thoughts Concerning Parliament's Legislative Leeway in a Post-Carter Era
8 Pages Posted: 9 Apr 2016
Date Written: April 6, 2016
This short paper presents some thoughts concerning the Canadian federal Parliament’s margin of manoeuver in the aftermath of the Supreme Court of Canada decisions in Carter (2015 and 2016). It suggests that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms does not restrict unduly Parliament choices in assisted-death matters, quite the contrary. It draws a distinction between persons who cannot commit suicide themselves (for whatever reason) and those who can.
Keywords: Euthanasia; Physician Assisted Dying; Life, Liberty Security of the Person; Vulnerability; Equality; Charter of Rights and Freedoms; Human Rights; Mental Health; Competency; Informed Consent
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