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SPEECH: C-14 (MEDICAL ASSISTANCE IN DYING) THIRD READING STATEMENT

Honourable senators, I rise on this occasion to add my voice just ahead of our crucial third reading vote.

This bill, as sensitive and complex as it is, has been a very demanding test of our abilities as parliamentarians, especially since it arrived in this chamber with such a wide and deep range of legislative gaps and concerns. Medical assistance in dying is a complex, multi-faceted subject.

As well as being deeply personal and despite our individual differences I believe we have fulfilled our responsibilities as senators by undertaking the critical process of examining and debating every aspect of this difficult bill. And given the magnitude of this subject, one that strikes at the core social consciousness of our country, Canadians expect us to ensure that no stone is left unturned.

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