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Assisted-dying parliamentary review still up in air as Justice Committee stares down ‘logjam’

By Aidan Chamandy      

The new legislation must come into effect by Dec. 18 in order to meet the deadline imposed by a Quebec court after the September 2019 Truchon case and subsequent appeals by both the federal and Quebec governments.

Justice Minister David Lametti was one of just four Liberal MPs to vote against Bill C-14, citing constitutional concerns. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

A mandated review of Canada’s assisted-dying law is still up in the air four months after it was supposed to begin, with opposition MPs and the government pointing fingers at each other and saying it falls on the other party to initiate such a review.

Aidan Chamandy

Aidan Chamandy is a reporter covering federal policy and parties for The Hill Times.
- achamandy@hilltimes.com


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Senate art group turns focus to restoration, finding gaps in Indigenous representation

‘We can do it in small steps and make big impacts,’ says Senator Patricia Bovey of a plan to broaden the Indigenous works the Chamber highlights, and help with reconciliation.

Stronger social policies needed to boost resiliency, combat future pandemic threats, says Tam

News|By Palak Mangat
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With each side accusing the other of playing ‘hostage’ with negotiations, ISG Senator Raymonde Saint-Germain says it would be ‘anarchy’ to let seats leave with Senators.

House first-quarter spending drops $7.4-million overall, largely thanks to COVID-19

Up to mid-September, the House of Commons has spent roughly $3.2-million related to COVID-19, according to chief financial officer Daniel Paquette.

Senate audit committee is ‘a step forward,’ with non-voting external members a necessary compromise, say Senators

‘The appearance is terrible,’ says former Senate ethics officer Jean Fournier of the Red Chamber's long-awaited new oversight group, which gives Senators a final say on review of their expenses.

Centre Block renovation estimates likely to land in new year, PSPC says work on track despite COVID-19

Public Services and Procurement Canada is planning to survey the public on its plans for Parliament Hill, something that wasn’t done ahead of renovations to either the West Block or the Senate of Canada Building.

Tam says ‘extremely difficult balance’ lays ahead in second wave of COVID-19

News|By Palak Mangat
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O’Toole can’t keep promise to return election rebates to Conservative riding associations if there’s a fall or spring federal election, but he will next time

News|By Abbas Rana
'Ridings will receive the full equivalent of their candidate rebate for every election going forward,' says Cory Hann, the Conservative Party’s director of communications.

New Green Leader Paul says she’s been invited to run in ridings across the country, as she sets sights on Toronto Centre byelection

News|By Abbas Rana
'If Annamie Paul could win a riding on her own...that will really put wind in the sails of the Green Party movement in Canada,' says pollster Nik Nanos.
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