January 12, 2016 7:57 pm

Joint committee on doctor-assisted suicide to hold first meeting Monday

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OTTAWA – The joint parliamentary committee that’s examining the divisive issue of doctor-assisted death has scheduled its first meeting for next Monday.

A list of 11 MPs who will sit on the panel was released Tuesday.

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The MPs include six Liberals, three Conservatives and two New Democrats, all of whom will join five senators on the panel who were named earlier.

Three of the senators are Conservatives and two are independent Liberals.

The panel is to consult Canadians on how to bring in a new law on assisted dying that addresses the constitutional issues raised in a landmark Supreme Court of Canada ruling last year.

The court recognized the right of consenting adults enduring intolerable physical or mental suffering to end their lives with a doctor’s help.

A list of the members of the joint parliamentary committee on physician-assisted dying, including 11 MPs named to the committee Tuesday:

Sen. James Cowan (Liberal)
Sen. Serge Joyal (Liberal)
Sen. Nancy Ruth (Conservative)
Sen. Kelvin Ogilvie (Conservative)
Sen. Judith Seidman (Conservative)
John Aldag, (Liberal Cloverdale-Langley City)
Rene Arseneault (Liberal Madawaska-Restigouche)
Steven Blaney (Conservative Bellechasse-Les Etchemins-Levis)
Michael Cooper (Conservative St. Albert-Edmonton)
Julie Dabrusin (Liberal Toronto-Danforth)
Denis Lemieux (Liberal Chicoutimi-Le Fjord)
Robert Oliphant (Liberal Don Valley West)
Murray Rankin (NDP Victoria)
Brigitte Sansoucy (NDP Saint-Hyacinthe-Bagot)
Brenda Shanahan (Liberal Chateauguay-Lacolle)
Mark Warawa (Conservative Langley-Aldergrove)

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