Since I’m on the subject of euthanasia, I thought that I’d just mention that Bill 52 received “approval in principle” from the Quebec National Assembly yesterday. This is similar to Second Reading, and means the bill now goes to committee for study. So hold on to your bootstraps, everyone.
However, according to my sources (I just say that to make it sound official), all it not lost just yet as some of those “yay” votes were in fact “nay” votes. The reason being that they wanted the bill to pass Second Reading to get it to committee where is can be worked on and fixed.
And some people who we have not heard from till now, are being called out of the woodwork to speak to this issue, clarifying what those nasty little terms like “terminal palliative sedation” and “medical aid in dying” really mean.
Philippe Couillard, the leader of the Quebec Liberal party and a former neurosurgeon, stated in a press conference yesterday that Bill 52 does not have sufficiently strict guidelines. More on that subject here.