While in the Red Chamber, senators made seven amendments to the legislation.
The Senate rarely alters a government bill to this extent, as the honorable senators often defer to the Commons to craft legislation. But many senators have voiced serious concerns about Bill C-14’s constitutionality, particularly the government’s move to restrict physician-assisted dying to people whose natural death is “reasonably foreseeable.”
If the Liberal government rejects the Senate’s move to expand eligibility for assisted dying beyond those who are terminally ill, it could result in a showdown between the two chambers. The Conservative leader in the Senate, Claude Carignan, has already said there is a risk of the bill being “completely rejected” if it comes back in its original form.
Among the amendments made was one that would restrict who can help a person in their assisted death, tightening the rules around what role a person who would materially benefit from the death could do.
Another important amendment would require all patients considering physician-assisted dying to get a full briefing on available palliative care options. – CINEWS