Feb 19, 2021

By Jane Brown

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Members of parliament are scheduled to begin debate Tuesday on whether to accept or reject Senate amendments to a bill that would expand access to assisted death.

The amendments were proposed by Senator Pamela Wallin, who told Zoomer Radio’s Fight Back with Libby Znaimer, in part they are self-interested.

“With a grandmother and a mother in my family who died of complications from Alzheimer’s, I pretty much know that that’s going to be my fate,” Wallin explained, “And I want to be able to talk to an assessor now, and say of sound mind and body, here is my intent. Let’s keep discussing that over time, maybe there will be some miraculous cure. If there is then that may change the discussion, but let’s keep talking, but here are the circumstances in which I do not want to go on because I wouldn’t consider it either a dignified life or a quality life.”

Listen for Senator Wallin’s full conversation with Libby by clicking here.

The amended bill extends eligibility to those whose natural deaths are not reasonably foreseeable in compliance with a 2019 Quebec Superior Court ruling.

It would allow Canadians who fear losing mental capacity to make advance requests for assisted death, and impose an 18-month time limit on the bill’s proposed blanket ban on assisted dying for those suffering solely from mental illnesses.

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