Feb 01, 2024
By Bob Komsic
Legislation’s been introduced by the Trudeau government that would delay expanding assisted dying to include those suffering solely from mental illness to 2027.
Health Minister Mark Holland says delaying until after the next general election has nothing to do with politics, but rather to ensure the health-care system is ready.
To get there, Holland adds he heard from his provincial and territorial colleagues that ”they were going to need a significant amount of time.”
Three senators, who jointly wrote one of two dissenting opinions on a special committee that concluded Canada is not ready, say if the government agrees it will ”deprive Canadians with mental disorders of their Charter rights regarding end of life-care by discriminating against their right to apply for MAID (medical assistance in dying).”