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Government Appointments  Madam Speaker, what I would put for the member opposite and, indeed, to all parliamentarians is the track record of the previous government's appointments, when previous elected officials to this chamber were elevated to spots on the superior court versus what we have done. We h

March 9th, 2020House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Government Appointments  Madam Speaker, I thank the member opposite for his contributions in the last Parliament in the justice committee and for raising this important issue this evening. Devoting time to considering judicial appointments and the judicial appointment process is critically important. A

March 9th, 2020House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, I have one point of clarification and then one question for the hon. member. I thank her for her comments today. The point of clarification is that the contribution, actually two budgets ago by the government, to palliative care and long-term care was $6 billion,

February 27th, 2020House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, I want to thank the hon. member for Saanich—Gulf Islands for her contributions today and every day in this chamber for so many years. The member led us through a very eloquent chronological history of the status of the jurisprudence, from Sue Rodriguez to the Car

February 27th, 2020House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, I thank the member opposite for her contributions. I will clarify on a couple of points and then I will ask the member a question. The first point the member raised was about looking at other jurisdictions. We have done exactly that. We evaluated this regime again

February 27th, 2020House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, given the preamble in the old Bill C-14 expressly references conscience protections, given that section 241.2(9) of the Criminal Code, which was amended by his party at his party's suggestion in the last Parliament, also has conscience protections, given that paragra

February 27th, 2020House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, I would like to thank the member opposite. I want to ask a question regarding a point raised once again by the member for Sherwood Park—Fort Saskatchewan, who talked about patients being pressured and the possibility of doctors influencing people. The evidence that

February 27th, 2020House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, I thank the hon. member for his comments. I have some questions for him. During the debates today and yesterday, a lot was said about some MAID practitioners. I would like to know whether the member heard the same concerns raised by the Conservatives about doctors

February 27th, 2020House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I want to point out four matters and lower the tone a bit. We need to talk about facts as opposed to emotional arguments. My first point is to clarify that depressed individuals are not subject to this regime. We have specifically included a carve out for mental ill

February 27th, 2020House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague for her question and her comment. Cases involving Alzheimer's and dementia raise questions regarding consent and capacity, some rather complex questions since they relate to the prognosis itself. These two types of cases will have to be examined

February 26th, 2020House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, advanced consent is a very important concept. Under the current regime, people who are approved for MAID have to give consent on the day they are meant to be provided MAID. What we now are proposing is that when that date arrives, if people do not have the capacity t

February 26th, 2020House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I will take those points in order. In terms of the 10-day reflection period, what we heard overwhelmingly, whether at the round tables or from some of the 300,000 Canadians who contacted us, is that period is not required because it prolongs suffering. We heard the

February 26th, 2020House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I will be splitting my time with my colleague, the member for Kings—Hants. I am pleased to rise today to speak to Bill C-7. I have some prepared remarks, and during the course of my comments, I will try to sprinkle in some responses to some of the various issues tha

February 26th, 2020House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the member for Cowichan—Malahat—Langford for his contributions in the previous Parliament and for his contributions now and forthcoming at justice committee. I would also like to thank him for his and his party's general support of the bill. The memb

February 26th, 2020House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, I truly appreciated my hon. Bloc Québécois colleague's speech. He spoke very eloquently about the balance we hope to strike between protecting the vulnerable and respecting the dignity and autonomy of people who want more control over their manner of dying. The mem

February 26th, 2020House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal