Physician-assisted dying will be guided by Court ruling for now

CMAJ, online 13 June 2016
Author: Laura Eggertson
“Canadian doctors are now free of the threat of criminal prosecution if they assist patients in ending their lives, following the federal government’s failure to pass legislation governing assisted dying by a June 6 deadline. The Supreme Court of Canada imposed the deadline after striking down sections of the Criminal Code that pertain to assisted suicide in February 2015. The so-called Carter decision specifies that doctors may assist competent adults who clearly consent to such aid if they have “grievous and irremediable” medical conditions that cause enduring, intolerable suffering. That decision now guides doctors in the absence of a federal law.”
Find article here. See also BMJ article ‘Failure to enact assisted suicide law leaves Canada’s doctors in limbo’ here.