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OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Jan 18, 2016) - Government of Canada
Today, the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, together with the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health, publicly posted the final report of the External Panel on Options for a Legislative Response to Carter v. Canada.
The report summarizes the results and key findings of the External Panel's consultations on physician-assisted dying. Thousands of individuals, experts and organizations, both within Canada and abroad, have provided their views on this complex and sensitive issue since the Panel was established by the Government of Canada in July 2015.
The panel included three members:
The report will be reviewed by an all-party Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying established by Parliament. The Committee will also consult with experts, stakeholders and Canadians, and make recommendations on the framework of a federal response on physician-assisted dying.
The Government of Canada thanks the Panel for their extensive work and personal commitment to advancing a national dialogue on physician-assisted dying.
"Our government is profoundly grateful for the dedication of Panel members in producing a report on this complex and deeply personal issue for Canadians of all ages and backgrounds. The report will contribute to a thoughtful, well-informed legislative response."
The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
"I would like to acknowledge the dedication and expertise that the External Panel brought to advancing a national dialogue on physician-assisted dying. The report provides a sense of how truly important this matter is for Canadians. Our Government will draw upon its observations and findings when considering how best to implement physician-assisted dying in Canada."
The Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health
Department of Justice