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Final Senate Vote on Bill C-14: Medical Assistance in Dying

by Senator Betty Unger

The Hon. the Speaker: Honourable senators, the motion is as follows: That the Senate concur in the amendments made by the House of Commons to its amendments 2(c)(i) and 3 to Bill C-14, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts (medical assistance in dying); That the Senate […]

Bill C-14: I cannot support this legislation

by Senator Betty Unger

Honourable Senators, I stand here today as but one voice in this Chamber. My voice is not as loud or as strong as others in this House. Yet behind me stand many, by the thousands, who wish their voices could be heard. I am honoured to be speaking on their behalf. And today, I hope […]

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: Palliative Care – Bill C-14

by Senator Betty Unger

Hon. Betty Unger: Honourable senators, I would like to speak in support of Senator Eaton’s amendment. When I was appointed to the Senate, I hoped that I might make a difference in some way — perhaps Senate reform, which Albertans have wanted for decades. I never, however, imagined this nightmarish scenario. I am dismayed that Parliament’s […]

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 […]

The other side of the story

by Dr. Neil Hilliard

By Neil Hilliard, MD MCFP (PC) May 20, 2016 “A survey of palliative care consultants in Fraser Health April 2015 revealed that only 1 of 21 thought MAID should be provided in hospices, and only 2 of 21 on palliative care complex care units. Even for the 24% who agreed that in some circumstances MAID […]

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 […]

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 […]