The federal government passed legislation in June 2016 that allows Canadian adults to request medical assistance in dying (MAiD). Physicians are able to administer MAiD if a person meets all of this criteria:
- Be eligible for health services funded by the federal government, province or territory;
- Be at least 18 years old and mentally competent;
- Have a grievous or irremediable medical condition;
- Make a voluntary request for medical assistance in dying that is not the result of outside pressure or influence;
- Give informed consent to receive medical assistance in dying.
In September of this year, a Quebec Superior Court judge found it unconstitutional that only people near death can qualify for MAiD and gave the government until early 2020 to amend the law. The government is being urged to remove the requirement that a person’s natural death is imminent as well as the requirement to consent to receive MAiD immediately before receiving the procedure.
I recently mailed out a survey on MAiD to our community. I’ve received many responses to the survey and am thankful to everyone who has taken the time to fill out the survey or send me an email with their thoughts. Having these responses helps me ensure I’m best representing our community in Parliament.
The federal government is also consulting Canadians on the MAiD legislation. If you’re interested, you can voice your opinion by clicking here. The consultation website is open until January 27.