Saskatchewan premier looks to bring in presumed consent for organ donation


Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall speaks at the Saskatchewan Legislative Building in Regina on Friday, July 24, 2015. (Mark Taylor /THE CANADIAN PRESS)

REGINA - Premier Brad Wall says he would like to make everyone in Saskatchewan an automatic organ donor unless they opt out.

Wall said he wants to bring in a system of presumed consent for organ donation and the government is looking at what steps could be taken to protect such legislation from being legally challenged.

"My personal view is, if it's possible to have presumed consent that's consistent with the rights of Canadians and the Constitution, I think that would be a great thing to lead the country in," Wall said Tuesday at the legislature in Regina.

The Canadian Transplant Society said no other province has presumed consent.

Society president James Breckenridge said if Saskatchewan makes the decision, its policy must be carefully worded. Breckenridge said currently when someone dies, the person's spouse has the legal power to override an organ donation consent agreement.

"Right now we don't have any presumed consent in Canada," he said from Toronto. Continue reading
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