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Attorney general asks Supreme Court for extension on assisted suicide deadline

OTTAWA — Canada's attorney general is asking the Supreme Court of Canada for a six-month extension on the deadline for its response to a landmark ruling on doctor-assisted death.

Jody Wilson-Raybould is also asking that any opposing party be required to respond within three days, instead of the traditional 10-day window.

The court will be required to respond to the request for an extension.

Last February, the Supreme Court recognized the right of clearly consenting adults who are enduring intolerable physical or mental suffering to end their lives with a physician's help.

It also gave Parliament a year to craft a set of laws to govern assisted suicide.

Earlier this month, Ontario and B.C. signalled they would be open to working with the federal Liberals over an extended period to ensure the matter receives the attention it deserves.

The Canadian Press

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