Assisted dying: the Bloc prevents the formation of an advisory committee

theorie-ottawa-plus-deux-moisThe Bloc Quebecois has blocked Thursday the formation of a special committee on medical assistance to die in order to force Parliament to recognize it as official party.

The Bloc members refused to give the green light to a motion surrounding the creation of this committee; the motion required the unanimous consent of the House.

They had adopted the same tactics to two other motions. Their goal: to be recognized as official party even if they are only 10 elected.

Thursday morning, the member for Montcalm, Luc Theriault, asked the government leader in the House of Commons, Dominic LeBlanc, if the Bloc Quebecois would have its place in the committee on assisted dying.

Saying wish “that all members of the House will allow Canadians (…) to have the chance to testify,” Mr. LeBlanc has ruled that “the normal rules will apply”, that is to say that a non-recognized party like the Bloc has no guaranteed place in such committees.

The motion presented by the Liberals proposed the formation of a special committee of five senators and 10 members of the House of Commons.

The Government suggests that the committee, which could lead consultations across Canada and abroad, provide a report by 26 February.

In theory, Ottawa has only two months to respond to the decision of the Supreme Court of Canada on medical assistance to die.

The government asked last week to the highest court in the country within six months to address this delicate issue.

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