Statement on Expansion of Medical Assistance in Dying to those with Mental Illness

Steinbach, MB – Ted Falk, Member of Parliament for Provencher, responded today to the Liberal government’s plan to expand medical assistance in dying (MAID) to those with mental illness:

“Yesterday, the House of Commons passed Bill C-7 by a margin of 180 in favour to 149 opposed. This bill expands access to medical assistance in dying by removing critical safeguards intended to protect vulnerable Canadians, including those with disabilities and those living with mental illness. I voted against this bill.

“Given the life-or-death nature of this bill, I was particularly saddened to see most Liberal and all Bloc Quebecois MPs vote against an amendment that, at the very least, would have prevented access to MAID where mental illness is the only reason for the request. This decision undermines suicide prevention initiatives and normalizes death as a solution to suffering. I am grateful for all my Conservative, NDP, and Green colleagues who recognized this.

“Hundreds of constituents reached out to my office to make their views known. Many shared my concerns. Regardless of where we fall on this issue, now more than ever, we must do all we can to ensure no one is coerced into receiving MAID or made to feel their life is not worth living.

“The MAID law is subject to an upcoming review and I fully intend to contribute constructively to that discussion. We each must do what we can to affirm that every life has value, worth, and purpose.”