Langley’s two MPs divided over assisted dying bill

The local Liberal and Conservative MPs spar over assisted dying.

The Medical Assistance in Dying bill was attacked by one Langley MP and defended by another on Thursday.

Bill C-14, which is intended to make medically aided dying legal for people with intolerable medical conditions, was criticized by Langley-Aldergrove’s Conservative MP Mark Warawa.

“The government’s bill on assisted suicide and euthanasia does not include the safeguards required by the Carter decision,” Warawa said in a statement. “I am very concerned that there are serious gaps in the legislation and that it does not protect the conscience rights of health care professionals.”

Warawa said he will continue to push for appropriate safeguards in the bill.

Cloverdale-Langley City Liberal MP John Aldag defended his government’s work on the issue.

“The bill is cautious in its approach to this sensitive topic, which reflects the position that many Canadians have taken on this issue,” Aldag said in a statement. “I will be holding a town hall meeting to provide an update on the legislation that was tabled and invite comment from the residents of Cloverdale-Langley City.”

Both local MPs sat on the Special Joint Committee on Physician Assisted Dying, with Warawa part of a group that presented a dissenting report.

In February 2015 the Supreme Court of Canada struck down the ban on assisted suicide and gave the government a time limit on drafting new legislation.

New rules must be in place by June 6 of this year.

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