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Winks and nods and euthanasia in Quebec

Bill 52: An Act respecting end-of-life care (June, 2013)

Sean Murphy*

Note:  Bill 52, a bill intended to legalize euthanasia by physicians in the province of Quebec, was introduced by the Parti Quebecois government and debated in the Quebec National Assembly in 2013.  It failed to pass before an election was called, and the legislature was dissolved.  While the Parti Quebecois was defeated and replaced by the Liberal Party of Quebec, in 2014 the Liberal party reintroduced Bill 52 as it stood when the legislature was dissolved. The bill passed on 5 June, 2014.

The original and final texts of the bill are available in parallel columns here.

This commentary was based on the text of the bill as originally introduced in 2013. 

A new commentary reviews the text of the new law enacted in 2014. 

Table of Contents

Part 1: Overview
Part 2: Bill 52 in detail
Part 3: Working in the MAD matrix
Appendix "A": Health Care Delivery in Quebec
Appendix "B": Disciplinary and Complaint Procedures
















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