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Bill C-14: Senate concedes to government's will, sending assisted dying law to royal assent

After a dramatic debate over the eligibility requirements for physician-assisted dying - and over the role of the upper chamber itself - Senators opted to concede to the House of Commons Friday, sending Bill C-14 to royal assent.

The legislation itself has been hotly disputed, with many calling it unconstitutional. But as many Senators offered a passionate resistance to accepting the government's will, it also marked a first major test of the relationship between the Trudeau Liberals and an increasingly independent, volatile upper chamber.

With Bill C-14 awaiting a rubber stamp from the Governor General, the House of Commons adjourned for the summer Friday afternoon. Health Minister Jane Philpott tweeted it was a "transformative day for Canadian social policy."

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