Geoffrey Kelley, chairman of the committee, explained that MNAs will hear about 30 expert witnesses on "dying with dignity" to prepare a paper for a travelling public consultation this fall.
Doctors who are closest to patients often know when death is "imminent and inevitable," Gaétan Barrette explained.
"Doctors are ready to debate euthanasia," Barrette said. And like abortion, he said, limits must be established. Not every patient will want euthanasia and not all doctors will agree to perform the procedure.
Barrette explained that a patient who is lucid consults with a doctor, friends and family members before requesting euthanasia.
For patients who are not lucid, a biological will can guide relatives who must decide.
The patient could have a terminal disease, like cancer. And patients at the "end of life" could be babies born with serious medical difficulties or seniors whose bodies are shutting down, one system after another.
"It's a cascade," Barrette said. "We can't invent it. We see it. There are safeguards."
According to Yves Robert, secretary of the Quebec College of Physicians, stated that Quebec is the only province in Canada where people near death can refuse medical treatment.