The Juriste Branché podcast (English version: The Every Lawyer) produced by the Canadian Bar Association offers expert advice to help legal professionals improve their practice. In episode 31, “Parlons de l’aide médicale à mourir” (in French), host Katherine Provost invites our associate Me Jean-François Leroux to discuss the recent changes to the legislation on medical assistance in dying (MAID) in Quebec and Canada.

With over 15 years of experience as a health law lawyer, Me Leroux is a leader in the field of medical liability. Me Leroux acted as co-counsel in the Gladu-Truchon trial, during which his team succeeded in invalidating the provisions of the Criminal Code that required an individual to be at the end of their life in order to have access to medical assistance in dying.  

Context and evolution of medical assistance in dying in Quebec and Canada

During their discussion, Me Leroux and Katherine Provost provide context on the medical assistance in dying law and its history. They discuss how Quebec pioneered the first legislative framework for MAID, the federal adoption of Bill C-14, the Gladu-Truchon trial and how all of these elements led to the adoption of Bill C-7, which has been in effect in Canada since March 2021.

Me Leroux also explains how the Canadian Bar Association’s work on the issue has affected provincial legislation across the country.

Listen to the Juriste Branché podcast with Me Leroux

To learn more about medical assistance in dying in Quebec and Canada, we invite you to listen to episode 31 of the Juriste Branché podcast, “Parlons de l’aide médicale à mourir”, featuring our partner Me Leroux. The podcast is available on Spotify, Stitcher and Apple Podcast.

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