This update on the Quebec Parliament's euthanasia debate from Alex Schadenberg:
The Toronto Star reported today that Philippe Couillard, the leader of the Quebec Liberal party and a former neurosurgeon, stated that Bill 52, the euthanasia bill in Quebec, does not have sufficiently strict guidelines.
The Toronto Star reported Couillard as saying:
... the Parti Québécois government’s euthanasia bill as it stands now doesn’t set sufficiently strict conditions that must be met before terminally-ill patients can ask to be euthanized by a doctor.
“The importance of the legislative process is to make things more precise and comprehensible and to know what we’re talking about, how we’re talking about it and what types of acts we’re talking about.”
He said that in his experience there are very few cases in the dying days of a terminally ill patient where pain and suffering cannot be alleviated by doctors and drugs.
“I understand that there can be situations that are truly exceptional. But I would like them to be more precise about what those situations are.”