All Quebec parties agree to re-table euthanasia bill

Quebec's Minister of Health Gaetan Barrette smiles as he signs documents after being appointed by...

Quebec's Minister of Health Gaetan Barrette smiles as he signs documents after being appointed by Premier Philippe Couillard during a swearing-in ceremony at the National Assembly in Quebec City, April 23, 2014. (REUTERS/Mathieu Belanger)

Brian Daly, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:20 PM ET

In a rare show of unity, representatives of all major Quebec political parties agreed to re-table a controversial euthanasia bill.

The governing Liberals, opposition PQ and centre-right CAQ held a news conference in Quebec City on Thursday to say Bill 52 will again be presented before the legislature.

The proposed law died in March when then-premier Pauline Marois called an election that she eventually lost.

Bill 52 would allow doctors to give lethal injections to patients in Quebec who are terminal, debilitated or in "constant and unbearable physical or psychological pain."

Euthanasia is illegal in Canada and the word doesn't appear in the Quebec bill.

It's replaced by the term "medical aid in dying."

Health Minister Gaetan Barrette also refused to use the word euthanasia on Thursday and says the bill is much broader in scope.


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