The Next Battleground in Canada's Euthanasia Debate: Advance Directives

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HALIFAX — Liana Brittain says each additional day with her husband would have been a precious gift, but a gap in Canada’s assisted-suicide law cut those short.

Bill C-14 revolutionized end-of-life care when it was enacted last summer, but it doesn’t permit people to leave what are known as “advance directives” — written instructions for assisted suicides, for a time when they are no longer able to ask for it.

When Brittain’s husband, Paul B. Couvrette, decided to end his life due to terminal lung cancer, it had to happen while he was still able to confirm he wanted a fatal injection.