The Québec Ombudsman is called on to give its opinion and make recommendations on bills before they are voted on in the National Assembly of Québec and on draft regulations before their passage by the government.
The Québec Ombudsman is satisfied to recognize that the new Act to amend the Civil Code as regards civil status, successions and the publication of rights – Bill 35, which was adopted very recently – echoes its recommendations.
The Québec Ombudsperson, Raymonde Saint-Germain, supports the principles of the bill respecting end-of-life care. She considers that the bill provides for essential precautions to ensure the implementation of medical aid in dying according to strict guidelines, while always respecting the wishes of the end-of-life patient.
The Québec Ombudsman has examined the draft regulation of the Ministère de la Famille which seeks, among other objectives, to strengthen the measures designed to protect the health and safety of children who attend the network of educational childcare services.
While saluting the objectives of the reform of the Code of Civil Procedure, particularly the improvement of access to the justice system, the Québec Ombudsman recalls that recourse to the courts is not accessible to the majority of citizens, especially the most vulnerable.
The Québec Ombudsman's services are accessible not only to natural persons, but also to enterprises. Because the Banque de développement économique du Québec and its subsidiaries will offer direct services to enterprises, the Québec Ombudsman considers that they should be subject to its jurisdiction, which is not the case in the current version of the bill.
The Québec Ombudsman supports the provisions concerning the new powers granted to the Registrar of Civil Status in matters of issuing a certificate of change of designation of sex and an act of death. It takes this position because the proposed amendments give effect to its recommendations published in the 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 Annual Reports.
The Québec Ombudsman commends the desire to update the chartered administrators' Code of Ethics and strengthen their duties and obligations in order to improve the protection of the public and has issued recommendations to ensure that the proposed amendments achieve this objective.