“So it came as a complete and utter surprise to us. I mean our jaws dropped. We couldn’t believe our ears.”
The BC Civil Liberties Association says proposed federal amendments to the doctor assisted death bill are a betrayal to the spirit of the Supreme Court of Canada decision.
The Civil Liberties Association says the Trudeau government would like to remove the ability of anyone who is not terminal from accessing physician assisted death.
It says the consequence is a critically ill person might be forced to move to end their life now before possibly being denied the opportunity should the bill pass.
Executive Director Josh Paterson.
“That is not an argument for passing this particular bill quickly. Passing this bill is worse than having no bill at all because it would permanently cut out from the protection of assisted dying people who do not have terminal illnesses.”
A betrayal of the Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling
“We had meetings with many people in the government from the minister on down to MPs. We met with senators. Never once, never once, was it ever suggested they intended to cut non-terminal patients out of the bill. To cut people out who have already been guaranteed the right. So it came as a complete and utter surprise to us I mean our jaws dropped.”
BCCLA’s Grace Pastine says this could have consequences.
“What a critically ill person would have to ask themselves is should I try to seek assistance in dying now, possibly before I am ready to go while life still has meaning for me, or should I wait and possibly be condemned to die a cruel death. That is a very unfortunate consequence of Bill C-14.”
The Association prefers the current system with the Supreme Court mandating physician assisted death than if a flawed Bill C-14 were to be passed.
Trudeau Government not listening
The daughter of Kay Carter had this message for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
“Why aren’t you listening to the constitutional experts? Why aren’t you listening to all of the advice to the joint committee. All of the input that he has had and he hasn’t.”
Kay Carter’s son Price says this political grey area is discouraging.
“Yeah frustrating. All this work that the BCCLA, my sister, and Hollis have gone through for naught because it will all be undone by C-14 in its current form.”
Kay Carter led the fight to legalize physician assisted death and she herself went to Switzerland in 2010, where it is legal, to end her life.