The Trudeau government’s controversial assisted dying bill has easily passed through the House of Commons, approved by a vote of 186-137.
It faces more opposition in the Senate now where many senators are pushing for amendments.
The Supreme Court of Canada has ordered the government to have a new bill in place for June 6, 2016 but it is all but certain this bill will not be passed by then.
In an attempt to expedite the bill, senators have taken the unusual step of inviting Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and Health Minister Jane Philpott to testify before the entire Senate on Wednesday, June 1.
That step doesn’t create an easy path for the bill though, senators must still debate it at second reading, send the bill to committee to hear from about six witnesses, consider any possible amendments, and debate and vote on the bill a final time.
Given all the steps that still must be taken, Conservative Senate leader Claude Carignan said the bill won’t be put to a final vote until the end of next week at the earliest. (kb/canadian press)