Farewell Foundation reports on the 2-1 decision of the BC Court of Appeal that has overturned the ruling of the honourable Madam Justice L. Smith and determined that the criminal prohibition against assisted suicide complies with the Constitution of Canada. Former Chief Justice Lance Finch issued a stirring dissent.The full ruling can be found here.
“The decision makes a scapegoat of competent and rational individuals who wish to exercise the right to end their lives,” said Russel Ogden, a Director of the Farewell Foundation. “This was a lost opportunity that will hopefully be overturned by the Supreme Court of Canada.”
Farewell Foundation will be reviewing the Court of Appeal decision and intends to support the plaintiffs by applying to intervene in any appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.