Trudeau and the Charter: How the Federal Government Has Fallen Short on Physician-Assisted Dying

April 15, 2016 12:31 PM

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Trudeau and the Charter: How the Federal Government Has Fallen Short on Physician-Assisted Dying

Shortly after winning a majority government late last year, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau opined about new-found hope, optimism and the advent of so-called sunny ways. A bold refugee plan, the upholding of Canada's middle class, key infrastructure investments and building and maintaining reconciliation with Aboriginal Canadians were just a few of the younger Trudeau's promises. To the question of why gender balance was so important when choosing cabinet, Trudeau's shrug and "because it's 2015" quickly went viral and indeed worked to support the progressive attitude the young leader was trying to sell to Canadians.

Trudeau made a habit, during the campaign and indeed after taking office, to make clear that Charter issues were not to be toiled with. Under his leadership we were to believe that a new vision on the Charter and on "Canadian" would come from the top. During a Federal Election debate, in perhaps his...

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