Assisted dying seems to be top of mind for the Canadian Bar Association at their annual meeting.
CBA leaders from across Canada, including Alberta Chapter President Wayne Barkauskas, met in Ottawa to discuss several resolutions for the hotly debated issue.
Speaking on the Alberta Morning News, Barkauskas says the resolutions the bar put forward are items the supreme court didn’t address.
“The Canadian Bar Association has actually been debating this issues for a number of years in different ways. It’s just that the courts have now caught up to the issue as well and once the courts caught up to it then Parliament then had to deal with it, so it’s all coming to a head,” said Barkauskas.
Those three resolutions centre on psychiatric conditions, people with advanced notice of assisted dying, and minors. Barkauskas says the bar’s unanimous resolution on minors and assisted dying isn’t inconsistent with what the supreme court has already said.
“Canada is a signatory to a number to treaties and documents involving the rights of a child and if you follow those documents it would indicate that a child should have the right as well.”
The government plans to study those issues and report back by the end of 2018. (djs)