People with disabilities and their loved ones have told Parliamentarians the impact of euthanizing people with disabilities who are not at the end of life.

MAiD: Harmful Committee Work Leads to Harmful Report

February 17, 2023

Inclusion Alberta been fiercely advocating alongside our national federation partner, Inclusion Canada, to have the dangerous and discriminatory Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) laws that make available assisted death on the basis of disability alone (with no reasonably foreseeable natural death) repealed. The Special Joint Committee on Medical Assistance in Dying, charged with reviewing existing MAiD laws, released their report and not only did they recommend expanding MAiD to include mature minors and advanced directives despite the disability community’s warnings and concerns, but they refused to roll back the expansion of assisted dying on the basis of disability alone. 

The voices of people with disabilities, their families and allies were ignored and dismissed, and many were disrespected by committee members during the process. Bill C-7 must be repealed. 

While difficult to watch at times, we encourage you to watch the video below made by Inclusion Canada to see how the disability community was treated during the review process. People with disabilities deserve better and every effort should be made to ensure that they are supported to live a good and valued life, not simply offered the choice to die. 

Inclusion Canada’s full media release: “Surprise, Surprise: Harmful Committee Work Leads to Harmful Report on MAiD