Liberals vote in favour of 'medically-assisted death' at party convention

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau gives his keynote address at the Liberal Biennial Convention in...

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau gives his keynote address at the Liberal Biennial Convention in Montreal, February 22, 2014. (REUTERS/Christinne Muschi)

Daniel Proussalidis, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 2:59 PM ET

OTTAWA -- Liberal delegates at their party convention in Montreal have approved a policy resolution to re-open the debate on what they call "medically-assisted death."

Delegates voted overwhelmingly in favour of setting up rules around doctors helping terminally ill patients take their own lives, or intentionally causing their patients' deaths.

Wendy Robins, who helped bring the resolution to the convention, says she's looked at the experience of Belgium with legal euthanasia and concluded it doesn't victimize vulnerable or disabled patients.

"We also have research that shows in Belgium the people that use (medically-assisted death) are white, privileged men," said Robins. "It's a question largely of autonomy."

Belgium recently extended euthanasia to children.

A Liberal delegate who says he works as an anaesthesiologist spoke out against the policy he finds "horrifying."

"We don't need euthanasia and suicide lists in Canadian facilities," he said.


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