Published 4 December 2022 at 12.21
Foreign. The government of liberal Canada is facing renewed criticism for its program of assisted suicide, known as euthanasia, which is breaking records in the number of deaths each year. Now a former Paralympics participant is testifying about how the authorities offered her “assisted death for the disabled” when she complained about the home care.
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The Canadian euthanasia program has been highly successful and has been described as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's foster child since its launch in 2016.
After a slow start with just 1,000 deaths in the first year, the annual death toll has increased tenfold to 10,000 people in 2021 alone. Meanwhile, Canadian big business has latched onto the trend and tried to market suicide as part of the lifestyle and popular culture in the liberal country, often as a way to show how “woke” the company is.
Fashion giant La Maison Simons recently attracted attention with a commercial, called All is Beauty, in which suicide was hailed as a “beautiful” way to die when feeling unwell.
The film is part of the lead-up to Prime Minister Trudeau's legislative changes in 2023, when it will also be legal for those who are mentally ill to commit suicide. This is the latest liberalization of the law, which in 2021 was expanded to include those with “physical disabilities”.
However, Trudeau's continued liberalization of the euthanasia program has attracted attention and criticism, not only abroad but also in liberal Canada, where some believe that it is starting to go too far.
The country's television giant CBC reports that in at least five cases it has emerged that Canadian war veterans have been offered euthanasia, which was considered particularly outrageous.
This week, Christine Gauthier, a war veteran and until recently a Paralympic weightlifter, testified, in Parliament about how the authorities offered her help to commit suicide when she was unhappy with delays in installing wheelchair access in her home.
– I sort of thought that.. you could offer me an injection to die, but you can't give me the tools I need to live, she said.
Justin Trudeau, who normally dismisses criticism of himself as right-wing extremism and conspiracy theories, has this time been forced to explain himself and now promises to try to change the law so that war veterans will not receive offers of euthanasia in the future, writes the Daily Mail.
The bill on euthanasia for the mentally ill, which is expected to come into force in March next year, he however sticks to.