MPs in Canada’s House of Commons this afternoon voted down a private members bill introduced by Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) MP Ed Fast that would have repealed the expansion of euthanasia laws to those suffering from mental illness.
With 150 votes for to 167 against, Fast’s Bill C-314, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying), was defeated during its second reading in the House.
All Conservative MPs voted in favor of the bill as did all left-wing New Democratic Party (NDP) MPs, a rare occurrence in Canadian politics. Only a handful of Liberal MPs voted in favor of the bill, along with two Green Party MPs and one independent MP. The bill was defeated in large part by votes against by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party and MPs for Bloc Quebecois.