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Conservative MP Steven Fletcher will introduce a bill on legalizing assisted suicide on Thursday, March 27, 2014. He admits it’s a tough topic: “Nobody likes talking about end-of-life issues.”
Conservative MP Steven Fletcher will introduce a bill on legalizing assisted suicide on Thursday, March 27, 2014. He admits it’s a tough topic: “Nobody likes talking about end-of-life issues.”
(Adrian Wyld/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Do MPs have nerve to debate assisted suicide?

It’s a subject that most politicians want to avoid. Conservative MP Steven Fletcher is introducing a bill on legalizing assisted suicide. Is there a chance that MPs will stop squirming about it, take on the debate, and decide?

History suggests it’s an issue than makes MPs from all parties, on all sides of the debate, want to run and hide. But perhaps, just perhaps, things have changed. The courts are taking a second look, and some think they might strike down the current law. Polls show most people favour some doctor-assisted suicide in some circumstances.