Liberals set to drop some assisted dying restrictions with new legislation

The Trudeau government is introducing legislation on Monday aimed at making it easier for intolerably ill Canadians to get medical help to end their lives.

The bill will scrap a provision in the law that allows only those already near death to receive medical assistance in dying — as ordered by a Quebec court last fall.

But it is also expected to go further than the court ruling.

Sources say it will drop the requirement that a person must wait 10 days after being approved for an assisted death before receiving the procedure.

And it will drop the requirement that a person must be able to give consent a second time immediately prior to receiving the procedure.

The sources spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to reveal details of the bill prior to its tabling in the House of Commons this afternoon.

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