February 26, 1930 (16th Parliament, 4th Session)

LIB

James John Edmund Guérin

Liberal

Mr. GUERIN:

Mr. Speaker, the purpose of this bill is to ensure that it shall be definitely ascertained that life has departed from the body of a human being before the operation of embalming takes place. It has become a universal practice to embalm bodies, and this is generally done in such haste that it is really a question whether or not a person

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is dead before the body is taken by the undertaker and embalmed. We know very well that there are instances-and they are comparatively common-where the appearances of death are present but where life is really not extinct. This bill merely provides that a certain length of time shall elapse between the declaration of death and the process of embalming. I suppose we can discuss the matter further when the bill comes up for consideration.

Topic:   CRIMINAL CODE AMENDMENT
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