Just because politicians and activists are gung-ho about expanding medical assistance in dying (MAID) doesn’t mean all Canadians are so enthusiastic.
If anything, Canadians would tell the politicians it’s time to slow down and broaden the discussion on Parliament Hill.
A parliamentary committee recently rushed through witness testimony on Bill C-7. The bill would expand access to MAID to include people with disabilities and chronic illnesses – those whose death is not foreseeable – while undoing most of the safeguards that were in place.
New polling by the Angus Reid Group, commissioned by Cardus, has found that while about a third of Canadians asked (less if you remove Quebec respondents) are damn-the-torpedoes MAID enthusiasts, about one in five oppose it.