In this assessment I will be looking at the article “B.C. Court of Appeal upholds federal ban on assisted suicide, reversing lower court ruling”. This recent newspaper article discusses the long debated doctor assisted suicide ban, and how the review has once again been halted. Two out of the three B.C Court of Appeals’ judges have said that “although that appeal has evolved the safeguards are still not enough to warrant a turnover”.
Last year the B.C. Supreme Court ruled that safeguards could be put in place to protect doctor-assisted suicide. Unfortunately, the Federal government appealed the decision. The Conservative Government that is currently in power openly states that it will be illegal as long as they are in power; this can make a case for a lax in party discipline. With the current issue at hand of assisted suicide, not everyone in the conservative party agrees with the illegalness of it. Conservative backbench MP Steven Fletcher, who is a quadriplegic, made it clear he supports assisted suicide. If this came to a vote, many like Mr. Fletcher would have to vote against what the really believe.
In the event that it somehow does pass through government, Judges will still have the power to strike it down. Many would see this as undemocratic, Including Robert Martin. In Robert Martins argument “the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is antidemocratic and un-Canadian” he shows that even if the majority of people where to support doctor assisted suicide, the supreme court can still overrule the law. Judges may interpret the Charter of Rights and Freedoms differently than the majority of society, thus limiting the true sense of democracy in which we as Canadians value so much.