The federal government is asking for more time to amend the assisted-dying law, acknowledging that it can’t meet a court-imposed deadline to drop a provision that allows only those who are already near death to qualify for medical help to end their lives.
Justice Minister David Lametti filed a motion Monday requesting a four-month extension on the court ruling.
Quebec Superior Court Judge Christine Baudouin ruled last September that it is unconstitutional to limit the right to a medically assisted death to those whose natural death is “reasonably foreseeable.”
She gave the government until March 11 to drop that provision from the law.
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