Canada drafts law to allow assisted suicide

ONTARIO (Reuters) - Canada's Liberal government on Thursday (April 15) unveiled draft legislation on doctor-assisted suicide.

It would apply only to adults suffering incurable illness or disability.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's father declined treatment for cancer before his death in 2000.

"It's a deeply personal issue that affects all of us and our families and all of us individually as we approach the end of our lives," said Mr Trudeau.

Under the law, patients would have to make a written request for medical assistance in dying or have a designated person do so if they are unable.

Legislators will vote on the draft law, which applies only to Canadians and residents in the country, by June 6.