The federal government’s bill on assisted dying will go back before the House of Commons on Thursday, however it goes back with seven amendments in total.
The most notable among them, the deletion of the proviso which states that a person’s natural death must be ”reasonably forseeable” before than can be eligible for an assisted death.
Senators replaced this proviso with an eligibility criteria far closer to that drafted by the Supreme Court of Canada in its Carter decision, which struck down the ban on medical assistance in dying.
It stated that all Canadians with “a grievous and irremediable medical condition” causing “enduring suffering” should qualify for medical help to end their lives.
Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould has already indicated that the government will not accept the change.
The amended bill C-14 passed Wednesday by a vote of 64-12 with one abstention, following a week of lengthy debate in the upper house.