The Supreme Court of Canada agreed today to a four month extension before Canada's assisted dying law is struck down. Those in suffering today will be able to apply to a judge for permission to hasten their death in the meantime. The decision follows a request by the Liberal government for a six-month delay.
The ruling also allows Quebec's assisted dying law, which came into force in December, to go ahead.
Ian Bushfield, Executive Director, BC Humanist Association:
While this decision clears some of the hurdles for those wanting to end their suffering today, it still sets a high bar for Canadians to exercise their rights. We will continue to press the governments of Canada and British Columbia to stop impeding those who have made a clear and free choice to end their lives.