From Murray Rankin's Desk: supreme court ruling on medically assisted death

Today’s Supreme Court of Canada ruling on medically assisted suicide sends a strong message about the need to update our laws. This afternoon, I joined a CBC panel to discuss the ruling. Medically-assisted suicide is a difficult issue that engenders strong feelings and I know from speaking with constituents just how many of us it touches personally.

Parliament has been given a year to change legislation. The federal government needs to abide by this decision and take immediate steps to begin a constructive national dialogue on how we can move forward. We don’t want this to become a politicized partisan issue.

New Democrats will also continue to work to improve palliative and end of life care. We must do a better job of helping families struggling to care for those living in constant pain.