Update: New Medical Assistance in Dying Legislation and the Illegal Blockades Crisis

Earlier this week, the Liberal Government tabled Bill C-7, expanding access to medical assistance in dying (MAID).

Back in September, a Québec court ruled that it was unconstitutional to limit MAID to people whose death was “reasonably foreseeable.”

Rather than appealing the ruling, the Trudeau Liberals instead proposed new legislation which will ease a number of important safeguards intended to protect vulnerable individuals. Bill C-7 repeals the requirement that the patient’s death must be ‘reasonably foreseeable’ for them to be eligible for MAID. It would also remove the 10-day “reflection period” which served to ensure individuals had appropriate time to consider their decision.

Canada’s Conservatives are closely reviewing the government’s new legislation.

Our Party’s priority is ensuring this legislation includes safeguards for the most vulnerable in our society, as well as for the conscience rights of physicians and other healthcare professionals.

It is important to add that the Liberal government broke a key election commitment to invest $3-billion in long-term care, including palliative care. Access to palliative care is an essential part of end-of-life decision making.

Rather than expanding MAID the government should be keeping their promises and expanding palliative care.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau continues to capitulate to radical activists blocking Canada’s infrastructure.

Despite demanding the blockades come down, Mr. Trudeau has failed to back up his demands with action.

Emboldened by the lack of federal leadership, these activists have set up more blockades and protests all over Canada—including here in Provencher.

This is unacceptable.

Some 1500 people have already lost their jobs. Canada’s economy has lost hundreds of millions of dollars and every day law-abiding Canadians have been prevented from getting to work.

On Sunday, as a result of the unrest, Teck Frontier Ltd. withdrew its application for a massive energy project in Alberta. The project was expected to create 9,500 jobs.

In the same way the vast majority of the Wet’suwet’en people voted in favour of the CGL Pipeline, 14 First Nations and Metis communities had signed participation agreements with Teck Frontier.

These radical activists are misappropriating the reconciliation agenda to shut down Canada’s energy sector, and hurting those they claim to represent.

To that end, this week Canada’s Conservatives put forward the following motion:

“That the House stand in solidarity with every elected band council on the Coastal GasLink route, the majority of hereditary chiefs, and the vast majority of the Wet’suwet’en people, who support the Coastal GasLink project, and condemn the radical activists who are exploiting divisions within the Wet’suwet’en community, holding the Canadian economy hostage, and threatening jobs and opportunities in Indigenous communities.”

Sadly, Conservatives were the only party to support the motion.

The courts have ruled that these blockades are illegal and must end.

The Prime Minister has the authority and the imperative. It’s time for him to act.