Image via WikipediaBy KEVIN DOUGHERTY, The Gazette
Euthanasia is already a reality in Quebec hospitals, the president of the federation of Quebec medical specialists, told a National Assembly committee yesterday.
Doctors know when death is "imminent and inevitable," Gaétan Barrette explained.
But doctors are aware they can be charged with murder if they administer a "palliative sedative" before a patient is on his or her last breath.
Geoffrey Kelley, chairman of the committee, explained that MNAs will hear about 30 expert witnesses on "dying with dignity" to prepare a paper for a travelling public consultation this fall.