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Quebec government debating assisted death: Queen's University expert

2013-11-12

Queen’s University medical ethics expert Udo Schuklenk is available to comment on the Quebec government tabling its controversial bill on medically assisted death.

“Quebec's government is to be applauded for introducing legislation aimed at making assisted dying available to Quebecers,” says Dr. Schuklenk. “This legislation will find itself the subject of vigorous legal action, both from religiously motivated medical doctors in the province as well as the federal government. However, the government’s legislation is supported by the vast majority of Quebecers. If democracy means anything, this is it: government implementing the will of the people.”

Dr. Schuklenk holds the Ontario Research Chair in Bioethics. He chaired an international expert panel drafting a report on end-of-life issues in Canada on behalf of the Royal Society of Canada. The legislative proposal put forward by the Quebec government is among the policy proposals endorsed in that report.

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officer Anne Craig at 613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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