Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Political Science

First Advisor

Brooks, Stephen


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




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.