family, and although in significant pain, she continued to work
until she was in her mid 50s, when she had to retire because she
could no longer work because of the pain.
 After her retirement from work, AB moved to live with a
family member. Her condition continued to deteriorate. She had
multiple operations and had knee replacements, hip replacements,
metal rod implants in her legs and back. The pain could not be
managed, and the surgeries were not helpful. She lived with her
family until she was in her early 70s, when it became clear that
she needed full-time care, and she moved to a nursing home.
 In the nursing home, AB’s condition continued to deteriorate, and by 2015, her pain became unbearable to her and she
began to think about medical assistance in dying, which was a
matter then being considered by the courts in British Columbia
and by the Supreme Court of Canada.
 On February 6, 2015, in Carter v. Canada (Attorney General),  1 S.C.R. 331,  S.C.J. No. 5, 2015 SCC 5, the
Supreme Court of Canada found that former ss. 241(b) (aiding
suicide) and 14 (consent to death) of the Criminal Code unjusti-fiably infringed s. 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Part I of the Constitution Act, 1982, being Schedule B to
the Canada Act 1982 (U.K.), 1982, c. 11, and were of no force and
effect to the extent that they prohibited physician-assisted death
for a competent adult person who (1) clearly consents to the
termination of life; and (2) has a grievous and irremediable medical condition (including an illness, disease or disability) that
causes enduring suffering that is intolerable to the individual in
the circumstances of his or her condition.
 The Supreme Court suspended the declaration of invalidity for 12 months, to February 6, 2016, to give Parliament the
opportunity to craft new legislation.
 Subsequently, because of the intervention of a federal
election, the government asked the Supreme Court for a six-month extension of the suspension of its declaration of invalidity
to allow more time to introduce legislation and have it considered by Parliament.
 On January 15, 2016, in Carter v. Canada (Attorney General),  1 S.C.R. 13,  S.C.J. No. 4, 2016 SCC 4, the
court unanimously extended the suspension but for only four
months, until June 6, 2016. The majority of the court also held
that, in the interim, those who met the criteria set out in Carter
(2015) and who wished to seek a physician’s assistance in dying
during the extended period of suspension, could apply to the
superior court of their jurisdiction for an individual constitutional exemption from the still-in-force provisions of the Code.