Tory MP Steven Fletcher reopens euthanasia debate

Steven Fletcher. (Chris Procaylo/Winnipeg Sun/QMI Agency files)

Steven Fletcher. (Chris Procaylo/Winnipeg Sun/QMI Agency files)

Daniel Proussalidis, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 11:11 PM ET

OTTAWA - Conservative MP Steven Fletcher may be on a collision course with his own government over two bills on “doctor-assisted death” he plans to introduce Thursday.

Fletcher’s bills would legalize euthanasia in some cases and set up a monitoring system for the practice.

“There are some situations where all the resources in the world cannot stop the pain or the dying and where there is no hope,” Fletcher said Wednesday.

The quadriplegic MP said his bills will include safeguards against pressuring patients to get a doctor to help them die.

Justice Minister Peter MacKay has long said the feds aren't interested in re-opening the euthanasia debate.

“In April 2010, a large majority of parliamentarians voted not to change these laws, which is an expression of democratic will on this topic,” he said in a statement in January.

He confirmed Wednesday he was in “no hurry” to re-open the debate.


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