Despite this, the government is still optimistic about passing a law.
The government had argued that it needed the Feb. 6 deadline extended by six months in order to have the time to craft a proper law.
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Oral hearings are underway at the Supreme Court of Canada to consider the federal government's request for a six-month extension in response to its landmark ruling on doctor-assisted death.
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"We have the deadline we have."
Last February, Parliament was given a a year to craft a set of laws.
You don't ignore a mandate from the Supreme Court. But that seems to be the initial response from the Conservative government to the recent Carter decision on assisted suicide. The Supreme Court has given the government one year to draft legislation and yet after a short one-day debate in the House on the issue the Conservative response has been surprisingly laissez-faire. They have done nothing in response other than to have some back benchers complain that the court is being unreasonable and that the government needs more time.
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