FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 18, 2023
“Parliament’s rejection of Bill C-314 is a tragic mistake that ignores the will of the vast majority of Canadians. Recent polling shows that 82 percent of Canadians say the federal government should focus on improving access to mental health care before expanding euthanasia and assisted suicide to those who struggle with mental illness. Parliament should have listened to the unacceptably high number of Canadians who say they encounter barriers in accessing mental health care—or the 64 percent of Canadians who fear those with mental illness will become even more vulnerable when euthanasia and assisted suicide become available to them next March. By not even voting to send the bill for further consideration at committee, Parliament has demonstrated an unwillingness to listen to these very real concerns about providing death for mental illness when Canadians still have problems accessing proper care for life with mental illness.”
- Rebecca Vachon, Health Program Director at think tank Cardus
For the most recent polling regarding the expansion of euthanasia and assisted suicide, visit Cardus.ca.
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