Debates of the Senate  
1st Session, 42st Parliament, Volume 150, Issue 49
  Tuesday, June 14, 2016
 
Question to Senator Carignan on Bill C-14

Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck: Would the honourable senator take another question?

Senator Carignan: Yes.

Senator Dyck: In your response to Senator Wallace, you referred us to paragraph 114 of the Carter decision, which does list a group of patients who could be called "decisionally vulnerable," and it does go through a numbered list, but it also says in another sentence that Canada argues that there is no reliable way to identify those who are vulnerable and those who are not. So Canada doesn't know who is vulnerable and who isn't. How does that then affect this particular amendment if we don't really know who those people are?

[Translation]

Senator Carignan: If you carefully read the Carter decision, you will see the list of people considered to be vulnerable. Canada uses this argument to justify complete prohibition. Since it is difficult to identify these people, the government believes that a blanket prohibition is required. I believe that is what you have understood from this phrase.