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An Act to amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying) (S.C. 2021, c. 2)

Assented to 2021-03-17

Review

Marginal note:Parliamentary review

  •  (1) A comprehensive review of the provisions of the Criminal Code relating to medical assistance in dying and their application, including but not limited to issues relating to mature minors, advance requests, mental illness, the state of palliative care in Canada and the protection of Canadians with disabilities must be undertaken by a Joint Committee of both Houses of Parliament.

  • Marginal note:Committee composition

    (2) The Joint Committee shall be composed of five Members of the Senate and ten Members of the House of Commons, including five Members from the governing party, three Members of the Official Opposition, and two Members of the opposition who are not Members of the Official Opposition, with two Chairs of which the House Co-Chair shall be from the governing party and the Senate Co-Chair shall be determined by the Senate.

  • Marginal note:Quorum

    (3) The quorum of the Committee is to be eight Members whenever a vote, resolution or other decision is taken, so long as both Houses and one Member of the governing party in the House and one from the opposition in the House and one Member of the Senate are represented, and that the Joint Chairs be authorized to hold meetings, to receive evidence and authorize the printing thereof, whenever six Members are present, so long as both Houses and one Member of the governing party in the House and one Member from the opposition in the House and one Member of the Senate are represented.

  • Marginal note:Review commences

    (4) The Committee must commence its review within 30 days after the day on which this Act receives royal assent.

  • Marginal note:Report

    (5) The Committee must submit a report of its review — including a statement of any recommended changes — to Parliament no later than one year after the day on which it commenced the review.

  • Marginal note:Committee expires

    (6) When the report, referenced in paragraph (5), has been tabled in both Houses, the Committee shall expire.

Coming into Force

Marginal note:Coming into force

 Subsection 1(2.1) comes into force on the second anniversary of the day on which this Act receives royal assent.

 
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