Canadians have another reason to pay attention to the upcoming federal election: making it easier to kill yourself with the government’s blessing.
Euthanasia has expanded rapidly in Canada, where the country’s Supreme Court imposed it on its citizens and Parliament defined it with a liberal law that went into effect in 2016. It allows doctor-assisted suicide for terminal, incurable illnesses when one’s death is “reasonably foreseeable.”
Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition tells reporters the country’s laws changed greatly after a Quebec court struck down the portion of the euthanasia law over “reasonably foreseeable,” which greatly loosened the legal requirements.
“Which was already a joke because it wasn’t defined,” Schadenberg says of the law. “But what it did do was it tried to limit euthanasia to people who had a terminal illness.”
Now it is legally permissible for a Canadian citizen with chronic depression, for example, to qualify.
Schadenberg says what has occurred is judicial activism which should be appealed by the government. But that won’t happen, he predicts, because the liberal elected leaders who support the loosened euthanasia laws are up for re-election on Oct. 21.
“So if people will, during this upcoming election, put the liberals back into power,” he predicts, “I would expect that nothing positive will come of that when it comes to the issues of euthanasia and assisted suicide.”