As the Federal government prepares to vote on new assisted-dying legislation at the end of the month, CKNW has confirmed the B.C. Courts granted a second British Columbian the right to die.
Vancouver lawyer Angus Gunn says the B.C. Supreme Court granted his client an exemption in early May and the man passed away shortly after with the help of Dr. Ellen Wiebe.
“The court did impose a confidentiality and a publication ban order on the file. What I can tell you is the applicant was a male who was in the late stages of ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease.”
A petition to the court says he was experiencing ‘enduring physical and psychological suffering,’ that was intolerable.
Last year the Supreme Court of Canada struck down the laws against assisted death.
Gunn says the courts allow people to apply for an exemption from the current law until new legislation is passed.
“When they granted the exemption they said here are the criteria that you need to satisfy if you want to take advantage of this exemption. And so when any of these people are going to court now, what they are doing is saying here is my situation and here is why I satisfy the criteria that was established by the Supreme Court of Canada.”
The Federal government has until June 6th to come up with new legislation and are expected to vote on Bill C-14 at the end of the month.