Government cannot meet the June 6 deadline to pass Bill C-14

Mr. Speaker, with one more sitting day after today before the stay on the declaration of constitutional invalidity expires, it is now clear that the government cannot meet the June 6 deadline to pass Bill C-14. The Minister of Justice has rightly warned of a legal vacuum absent legislation, and yet the minister could do something to stop that legal vacuum from arising, namely by applying to the Supreme Court for a short-term extension of the stay to allow time for Parliament to pass legislation. However, the minister has done nothing. She has been all talk and no action. As a result, on June 7 there will be no certainty for patients, no certainty for physicians, and no protections for the vulnerable.

  • Date June 8, 2016
  • Tags House of Commons