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Speech: Amending the Role of Nurse Practitioners

by Senator Betty Unger

Honourable senators, I rise today to move an amendment to Bill C 14 regarding the role of nurse practitioners. Doctors and nurses have worked in a collaborative relationship for generations, but by virtue of their advanced education, doctors have been in charge. My amendment is straightforward; it seeks to affirm the continuation of this symbiotic […]

Speech on Bill C-14: Medical Assistance in Dying

by Senator Betty Unger

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak to a bill which I never anticipated would be presented to this chamber. Bill C 14 facing us now is deceptively called medical assistance in dying, yet it has nothing to do with medical assistance. Nothing could be further from the truth. Medical assistance is what palliative care […]

Statement on Forest Fire in Fort McMurray

by Senator Betty Unger

Senator’s Statement on the Forest Fire in Fort McMurray May 4, 2016 Over the past 24 hours, we have all been gripped by the news coming out of Fort McMurray, in northern Alberta. The entire city of  80,000 people has been evacuated in the face of fire raging through a tinder dry forest. It’s the […]

Statement on National Hospice Palliative Care Week

by Senator Betty Unger

Senator’s Statement in the Senate on National Hospice Palliative Care Week May 3, 2016 “Studies and reports are good. Debates and discussions are valuable. But what Canada needs today is not another government committee on palliative care, but a government committed to palliative care.” – Senator Betty Unger Honourable senators, this week is National Hospice Palliative […]

Proposed euthanasia law dodges the difficult questions

by Senator Betty Unger

April 18, 2016 It’s beginning to look like a pattern: Dodge the difficult questions and defer them to the future. The Trudeau government has done it again with its euthanasia legislation. Deceptively named, “Medical assistance in dying” the legislation initially pulls back from the radical suggestions made by the Joint Committee on Physician Assisted Suicide, […]

Euthanasia Legislation Must Comply with Charter to Protect the Vulnerable

by Senator Betty Unger

With the Supreme Court of Canada’s (SCC) June 6 deadline looming, Parliament will soon begin debating its legislative response to the SCC’s decision on physician-assisted dying. And although personal views on this issue vary widely, all parliamentarians will be responsible to ensure that the new legislation complies with the Charter of Rights by conforming to […]

NEWS RELEASE: Safeguards for physician-assisted dying needed

by Senator Betty Unger

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Safeguards for physician-assisted dying must include access to palliative care and protection of conscience rights: Alberta Senator Betty Unger OTTAWA – February 25, 2016 – Alberta Senator Betty Unger today expressed concern that the Report of the Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying did not include appropriate safeguards.  Most notably, the […]

Palliative care must be the priority, not physician-assisted dying

by Senator Betty Unger

“Palliative care should be the priority, not physician-assisted dying. There is something terribly wrong when a government does more to guarantee that the living can die, than to ensure that the dying can live.” Last year, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the Criminal Code sections prohibiting physician-assisted suicide violate our Charter rights. After […]

Canadians should have a say in electoral reform

by Senator Betty Unger

Over ten years ago the Law Commission of Canada released a 209-page report recommending changes to our electoral system. While the Liberal government took no action at the time, numerous provinces launched their own reviews to examine the merits of electoral reform. Without exception, the proposals put forward by each province failed to be implemented. […]