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Canada Reverses Course on Planned Assisted Suicide Program for Mentally Ill

Canada Reverses Course on Planned Assisted Suicide Program for Mentally Ill

It turns out that not enough doctors to evaluate all the mentally ill people.

We have been reporting on news related to Canada’s assisted suicide programs.

One report featured the ad from Quebec retailer Simons glamorizing and watering down the act.  Another article focused on a Canadian doctor saying the most rewarding work she has done was overseeing the euthanization of more than 400 people.

In March of this year, Canada planned to authorize “Medical Assistance in Dying” (MAID) upon the request of patients whose only illness is a psychiatric one, such as depression or schizophrenia.

The country is now backtracking on those plans.

Canada has delayed the extension of its assisted suicide program to people suffering solely from mental illness, health officials announced Monday.

Canada offers medically assisted death to terminally and chronically ill people, but the plan to extend the program to people with mental illnesses has divided Canadians, the New York Times reported.

Some critics attribute the problem to a lack of adequate psychiatric care in the country.

The controversial policy would allow anyone in Canada with an incurable medical condition to apply for assisted suicide, even if the disease is not terminal, which makes the law one of the most liberal assisted suicide programs in the world.

How hard is life in Canada? Consider that the plans are being halted by a lack of doctors….to evaluate all the mentally ill people.

But now, health officials are slow-walking plans to expand the program, stating there are not enough doctors, specifically psychiatrists, in Canada to evaluate mentally ill people who wish to die, according to the announcement made by Health Minister Mark Holland and Justice Minister Arif Virani. This followed a meeting of the special parliamentary committee looking into the plan, the Times reported.

“The system needs to be ready, and we need to get it right,” Holland told reporters. “It’s clear from the conversations we’ve had that the system is not ready, and we need more time.”

“Although the curriculum is present, although the guidelines are set, there has not been enough time for people to be trained on them, and provinces and territories are saying their systems are not ready and need more time,” he added.

How many Canadians opt for MAID each year? Over 13,000.

In 2022, data showed 13,241 people chose MAiD to die, a 31 percent increase from 2021. This accounted for one in 20 total Canadian deaths.
…As of now, to qualify for MAiD, people must meet all criteria: be eligible for health services funded by the government; be at least 18 years old and deemed mentally competent; have an irremediable medical condition — one that is irreversible, in advanced stages and causes unbearable physical or mental suffering — make a voluntary request to die; and give informed consent to receive medical assistance to end your life.

There are two methods MAiD uses to end someone’s life.

In the first, a doctor or nurse practitioner administers a drug that causes death.

In the second, a doctor or nurse practitioner prescribes a drug to a patient that they take themselves.


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Remember way back when the question was asked as to why are you Christians so vehemently against abortion?

That’s why.

    Milhouse in reply to George S. | February 6, 2024 at 2:42 am

    I’d put it the other way around. I have much less objection to euthanasia of an adult who has voluntarily chosen it than to killing a baby who has not been consulted, let alone consented, and is incapable of choosing to die.

    I certainly have less objection to assisted suicide, where it is the person himself who voluntarily takes his own life, and the doctor’s role is limited to providing him with the means to do so.

      paracelsus in reply to Milhouse. | February 6, 2024 at 7:47 am

      I am opposed, morally, to suicide – at least at this point in my life; yes, I may change my mind as my cancer progresses! I know.
      But why bring a physician into it; why make this highly-educated person complicit in your decision to end your life.
      You can:
      1. purchase a handgun (caliber preferably larger than .22 – few people will shoot themselves in the eye.
      2. find access to the roof of a tall building (or the open balcony of an apartment) and try to fly
      3. obtain several pills/doses of the street drug currently flooding our country.

      Personally I think it’s the height of narcissism (which is really the total disregard of other people’s core beliefs) to involve anyone else in what must/should be your own decision. After all: you’re the one who must face the consequences in the afterlife; don’t bring someone else into what, in the long run, must be your act – and your act alone.
      Yes! I know – if there is an afterlife and/or you believe in one

        rwingjr in reply to paracelsus. | February 15, 2024 at 7:28 pm

        When a person commits suicide, there are several people affected. There may be unsuspecting relatives, a family that finds the victim, the person walking at the base of that tall building who has a person explode in front of him, or neighbors who start smelling you before you’re discovered. Friends are affected. At least when you have a medical doctor assisting you, you’re not going to be affecting those people. A decision like this affects many people, and innocent people should not be the ones who suffer the trauma that may go along with a surprising suicide.

      henrybowman in reply to Milhouse. | February 6, 2024 at 2:40 pm

      As a libertarian who firmly believes that everyone owns their own life, I have no moral objection to suicide. But I have an objection to governments offering it as part of their “health” plans, voluntary basis or not. Because voluntary becomes a squirmy word indeed when waved about by people with real or virtual guns in their hands. Keep in mind that child “transitioning” is nominally “voluntary” as well, and yet we all know the constant persuasion and pressure (representing what some adult wants, not the child) that is actually brought to bear.

    The Ghouls of the North get some pushback, but they have not given up (and there are plenty of Death Ghouls south of the border too).

Remember during the run-up to the passage of Obama Care how the media in our country gaslighted the living sh*t out of us, telling us how great the healthcare systems in Canada and the UK are?


Lucifer Morningstar | February 5, 2024 at 9:34 am

Lebensunwertes Leben. Life unworthy of Life.

Guess we learned nothing from the horrors of Nazi Germany.

Where does it end.

That is all.

AF_Chief_Master_Sgt | February 5, 2024 at 9:44 am


What do we expect when killing babies in the womb becomes a money maker for the physician, the government, and decreases the cost to society because those wretched poor kids would be a future burden on society?

What do we expect when the time came to start pulling the plug on elderly patients because they became a burden to the family and the medical industry, taking up beds unnecessarily?

Now we are at the point where people allegedly have a mental illness, yet somehow have the capacity to make an informed decision on physician assisted suicide (do we believe that any of these patients are being euthanized by anyone other than a physician – and if they are…)?

Are they using the same drug concoction they use for execution of prisoners, and if so, what is this any less brutal than what is used to execute murders?

I am all for other countries cleaning house like this. It reduces the burden of American citizens sending our tax dollars to other countries. (/s)

What a world we live in. Obama care. Where the left wants us dead at 75, and Nimrata wants to raise the retirement age.

Perhaps we no longer need Social Security. We will be expected to work until we are 75, if we live that long, and once we are no longer productive, “medically assist” in our demise.

There are plenty of doctors. Just let the Abortion docs evaluate them.

Don’t know what to say. If you reject the inherent sanctity of human life, as liberal progressives do, than anything goes. Food for thought for those who support liberal progressives and plan to, oh I don’t know, live.

    AF_Chief_Master_Sgt in reply to Concise. | February 5, 2024 at 7:31 pm

    The best part is that liberal progressives will not get a free pass. They will be just as useless to the elites as anyone else.

    Useful idiots are a dime a dozen.

Clearly, this is an attempt to protect the “Boy Emperor”

We spent 15 summers in the Canadian Maritimes and witnessed the most dismal heath care imaginable. Never less than half a day was spent for a doctor’s visit and nurses did most of the work for doctors, Many people in the village where we lived thought their health care was fabulous AND free. In reality it was the most expensive healthcare imaginable ( the price of their taxes is a joke) but too many didn’t know any better. Not everyone was stupid though and one friend told us that if you became seriously sick, you might as well *kiss your ass goodbye.*
We had few health issues, but when we did we drove to Maine to be treated, even though we have Tricare.

    Lucifer Morningstar in reply to Jmaquis. | February 5, 2024 at 5:49 pm

    >>We had few health issues, but when we did we drove to Maine to be treated, even though we have Tricare.

    And from what I’m given to understand many Canadians do the same. They travel to the United States in order to get their critical care instead of waiting on a long list for treatment and hoping not to die before they get it.

    Yet people claim Canada and the United Kingdom have the best medical care of any country in the world. Go figure.

      Canadian politicians claim our healthcare system is “the greatest in the world”. People who liv e here and deal with it know it’s terrible. Closer to the “world’s worst” than the world’s best.

        henrybowman in reply to mrzee. | February 6, 2024 at 2:43 pm

        It’s like any other socialist price-controlled good: the price is wonderful, but the shelves are empty.

Suicide by committee and a permanent solution to what is usually a temporary problem.

Years ago, I went through a period where a chain of crises in my life left me feeling that I was at the bottom of a pit that I would never get out of. I despaired that I would ever feel better.

Well, I did. And I have never been happier. Sometimes, the way to better mental health is to put one foot in front of the other and with the help of friends and family dig out of the pit.

destroycommunism | February 5, 2024 at 11:34 am

IFFFF you believe this then you also believe that the government is here to help

its called bad timing as elections come up and it smacks too close to the abortion issue

and never fear

the left will always just “rename” any unsavory sounding acts so that their msm mouthpieces will carry out z orders

destroycommunism | February 5, 2024 at 11:37 am

so put to death people b/c of costs>>ummm I mean mental health issues

but keep known violent criminals out on the streets and/or living it up in a prison

THATTTTT is your lefty agenda

Let’s be honest here. They’ve postponed this because they got bad press about it, nothing more.

Kind of renders suicide prevention and hotlines counterproductive.

Dolce Far Niente | February 5, 2024 at 12:02 pm

I can remember when the topic of “assisted” suicide was deemed licit because of people who were hopelessly paralyzed or so terminally ill were not able to end their wretched lives on their own, so “assistance” was required.

I remember a very poignant movie or two based on this premise.

The next change in the language of killing the useless will be voluntary vs involuntary suicide.

    Assistance can simply consist of providing the person with the means to end his life, and then leaving it up to him. I expect that some significant percentage of people who receive such assistance will choose not to use it. The very fact that they have the means if things get bad will give them enough peace of mind that they won’t feel the need.

      AF_Chief_Master_Sgt in reply to Milhouse. | February 6, 2024 at 1:59 pm

      Hi Mathus, uh, Milhouse. This quote is for you.

      “If they would rather die,” said Scrooge, “they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population …”

destroycommunism | February 5, 2024 at 12:26 pm

the free healthcare moniker is jsut used to keep the war going between people and to keep the warmongers firmly entrenched in power with the

gop screamn abortion when they need to remind people that without them the abortions will flow

WHICH THEY STILL DO DESPITE THE SCOTUS ( correct) RULING that its legallll per the states >>voters consensus

while the Dems only need to scream any threat that is the threat du jour

cities burnt down if you dont comply
etc etc

Canada is a farcical nightmare ….. Jordan Peterson recently commented on the fact that the average Canadian makes less than those in Mississippi. Money isn’t everything, but poverty sucks. As Churchill said… socialism is shared misery. Trudeauistan is just that in spades. But being snooty about being miserable maybe requires MAID.

    Lucifer Morningstar in reply to alaskabob. | February 5, 2024 at 2:10 pm

    Oh, Canadians probably make decent enough money but when you consider it’s probably all taxed away by the Canadian government to provide all those wonder socialist programs like the free state sponsored healthcare system then yeah, poverty indeed does suck. But self-imposed poverty is what they voted for so I have very little sympathy for the Canadian poor.

Has anyone proposed an assisted suicide program for government officials?

    henrybowman in reply to LeftWingLock. | February 5, 2024 at 7:22 pm

    If the only prerequisite is mental incompetence, this one already covers them.

    Because what’s not sensible about making assisted suicide available to mentally ill volunteers who are quite possibly legally incompetent to contract in the first place?

As I read the story, they still want to kill the mentally ill.

They just have to create the correct setup to start the killings.

Josef Mengele would be very proud of Canada!

    I read “reverse course” as: “Pretend publicly not to be going ahead with plan. Go ahead with plan secretly.”

      Subotai Bahadur in reply to Martin. | February 5, 2024 at 6:49 pm


      Also, if you are the Canadian Liberal Party, it is self explanatory that anyone who opposes your rule has mental heath problems and could be referred to this program.

      [Democrats taking notes]

      Subotai Bahadur

        AF_Chief_Master_Sgt in reply to Subotai Bahadur. | February 6, 2024 at 2:04 pm

        If a person can be forced to take a “vaccine,” they can be forced to take a shot that assists with the afterlife.

        It’s the marketing that they are working on. “Medical Assistance in Dying” just doesn’t have the same “Sizzle” that “Pro Choice” has. But that’s already been used.

    destroycommunism in reply to ParkRidgeIL. | February 5, 2024 at 5:02 pm

    JM did say

    “EH” alot

How long before Canadian butchered Trans are choosing to checkout?

How “enlightened” the left is…’re not a person able to make the “correct” decision, so we’ll make it for you.
I see she’s on a motorized scooter, yet she’s not going to do what she’s so proud of; how happy will she be when some bureaucrat makes that decision for her?!

destroycommunism | February 5, 2024 at 5:04 pm

How many trans people would they assist to suicide ?

since there is soooo much self admitted confustion,, and rightly so,, in a person who wants to transition and the government

PROTECTS THEIR RIGHTS but it is clearly a mental health issue as ONCE AGAIN is self admitted and starts well before any social constructs

SeekingRationalThought | February 5, 2024 at 6:45 pm

When the Canadians first began killing their sick and aged, many of us asked, “Are the Candadians crazy?” Now we know. Not all, but most. RIP Canada.

My guess is quite a few aged Canadian WW II vets are muttering, “Maybe the Nazis won after all.”

Canada should consider assisted suicide for their elected officials. That might enjoy more popular support. Perhaps even a few volunteers may come forward to assist.

George_Kaplan | February 6, 2024 at 8:36 pm

First it was the Third Reich doing this, now it’s the Trudeau Reich doing this, or trying to.