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BILL C-14: MEDICAL ASSISTANCE IN DYING (THIRD READING)

Honourable colleagues, I had a prepared text. But pretty much everything that I was going to say has been said by much more eloquent speakers than I.

Bill C-14 is the most important legislation we've considered in this chamber. It is an issue literally of life and death. It touches on many of our most deeply held beliefs and assumptions about aging, the rule of law and the rights of individuals to die with comfort and dignity.

I'm very grateful for the wisdom of all the senators who have spoken on this issue.

I will support the amended legislation.

Dear senators, I ask that you do not put your own beliefs before those who wish to have this option. I ask that you allow choice and respect those who wish to have this option. I ask that you keep mercy in your hearts, and I ask that you walk a mile in their shoes before judging them.

Thank you very much.