Date of Award

2017

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Political Science

First Advisor

Brooks, Stephen

Keywords

Bill C-14, Canada, euthanasia, medical assistance in dying, physician-assisted death, policy

Rights

CC BY-NC ND 4.0

Abstract

This thesis explores the Government of Canada’s legislative response to the Carter v. Canada (Attorney General) ruling. More specifically, this thesis analyzes the major issues that afflicted Bill C-14, or An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts (medical assistance in dying), as it progressed through the House of Commons and the Senate. I utilized a thematic analysis to determine the issues that shaped the debates on Bill C-14 and whether or not they had an impact on the proposed legislation that is now a law. These issues include whether or not Bill C-14 complies with the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) ruling, if Bill C-14 would adequately protect the vulnerable, and if Bill C-14 would adequately ensure access to medical assistance in dying (MAID). This thesis will further enrich our understanding of a relatively new end-of-life care option in Canada and speculate the future of MAID legislation.

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