Support for Euthanasia as an Alternative to Poverty Grows in Canada

Canada’s soul appears to be mutating rapidly amid the acceptance of assisted suicide as a moral option for those living in poverty or undesirable conditions physically or mentally.  

Since the passage of Bill C-7 in 2016, Canada’s laws pertaining to assisted suicide have broadened greatly, with later amendments removing terminal illness as a qualifier. 

Now, it is purely based on individual judgment. 

Culture of Death 

In 2016, 1018 Canadians sought out euthanasia, primarily cancer patients. By 2021, that number skyrocketed to 10,064 deaths attributed to assisted suicide, past the ten thousand mark. 

Research Co. found over 71% of Canadians are in favor of MAiD (medical assistance in dying), while only 16% stand in opposition. 

Alarmingly, a sizable number of Canadians find poverty to be a reasonable justification for assisted suicide. 27% said they would be fine will that individual having access. 16% agreed impoverishment was a suitable qualification. 

Even prior to Bill C-7, the Canadian healthcare system had been rife with abuse. Roger Foley, a patient suffering from a neurodegenerative disorder, testified before Canada’s parliament about how medical tried to coerce him into assisted suicide. 

Are There Any Limits?

From the looks of it, they seem to be diminishing. A woman from Ontario with severe allergies was forced to obtain assisted suicide after her housing benefits could not get her a suitable home.  

Another woman said she could not afford to keep living as her basis for receiving MAiD. A family of a 35-year-old man sought MAiD after they found he defected himself in his own house. 

All of this comes back to Canada’s network of socialized medicine that relies on a single-payer system. Bill C-7 with its broad definition of who can obtain MAiD, is predicted to save the state over $62 million per year. 

MAiD itself is said to only cost the taxpayer $2,327 per case, rather than the cost of long-term care for chronically ill patients. 

This article appeared in The Political Globe and has been published here with permission.