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Murray Rankin on assisted dying’s trickier questions

Murray Rankin discusses a new report from a special committee of MPs and senators on physician-assisted dying


 
NDP MP Murray Rankin rises to question the government during question period in the House of Commons in Ottawa on December 11, 2012. (Adrian Wyld/CP)

NDP MP Murray Rankin rises to question the government during question period in the House of Commons in Ottawa on December 11, 2012. (Adrian Wyld/CP)

As a former law professor, Victoria MP Murray Rankin, the NDP’s justice critic, brought a particular perspective to his work on a special committee of MPs and senators on physician-assisted dying, which released its report today.

The Supreme Court of Canada struck down the ban on doctors helping patients end their lives last year, and more recently gave the Liberal government until June to come up with legislation to put that ruling into effect.

Related: On assisted dying, fast work is needed

Rankin spoke with Maclean’s Ottawa bureau chief John Geddes about the committee’s report, including how it handles fraught questions like whether individuals younger than 18 should be allowed ask for help ending their lives, and what safeguards the committee recommends for patients suffering from mental illness.


 

Murray Rankin on assisted dying’s trickier questions

  1. Let me be the devil’s advocate/all round bitch about this – why is everyone shocked! We allow parents to kill their unborn child when it is found out that they may have a disability – so what is the shock that it should be allowed 6 months later when the child is born? Or for that matter when the child is 5, or 10 or 17. Or when another vulnerable person has just become an inconvenience for someone?

    We spend billions on useless programs and services that have NO results (green energy anyone!) and yet we are unwilling to spend even a small portion of those billions on basic palliative care that would greatly diminish anyone even thinking that assisted suicide would be an option.

    This is all just the natural result of the march of the progressive left and their imprint on humanity in the western world. Catch Soylent Green sometime – they predicted it 40 years ago. And now it is true. The only thing that the western elites really know how to do is come up with more and more language the cloaks what is really happening – in that they are experts!

  2. I know this may seem petty and off-topic, but if you examine political headlines in news outlets across the country, stories about Liberals or Conservatives will always have “Liberal and Conservative” in the headline, yet often the NDP won’t have this same mention. What gives? Is this a media relations issue, or is something more nefarious at play?

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