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Ottawa, Jan 23 (Canadian-Media): There had been record-breaking response to Canada's online survey on medical aid dying or medical assisted death, media reports said.
Medical assistance in dying or medically assisted death causes the death of a person by the prescription or provision of medication by a physician or nurse practitioner.
As of Wednesday evening, the survey, which had been online for a week and a half, 229,281 Canadians had responded, the largest number of responses for any public consultation seen by the federal Department of Justice.
The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops provides a link to the survey on its website.
Besides the online survey, closed-door roundtable meetings across the country on the topic by cabinet ministers of the federal government had been held and officials are working to meet a court-imposed timeline.
Justice Minister David Lametti said Canadians' views on medically assisted death have evolved since the legislation was passed in 2016 and he hopes the new legislation would be there by next month.
"When you see consensus that is that strong on an issue, you know people are passionately engaged on it. They're paying attention. And in many cases, it's going to be something that has touched their [lives]," said Shachi Kurl, executive director of Angus Reid Institute.
People with diseases such as Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis and Huntington's have a right to a doctor's help to die, said Grace Pastine of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, CBC News reported.