Killing to cure loneliness. Canada’s euthanasia experiment

Editor’s note. This article was first published by the Australian Care Alliance on July 5, 2021 and reposted with the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition.

Hon Patty Hajdu Minister of Health

Canada’s 2020 euthanasia report: Almost 8,000 died by lethal injection, 1,412 people died citing loneliness, and 4% of deaths in British Columbia (BC) were by euthanasia.

According to the Second Annual Report on Medical Assistance in Dying proudly presented by the Hon. Patty Hajdu, Canadian Minister for Health, among the 7,595 Canadians whose lives were ended in 2020 by the lethal injection of a deadly poison by a medical or nurse practitioner there were:

  • 4,120 Canadians euthanized because they had cancer but with no discussion with an oncologist about this course of action; 
  • 2,650 people who perceived they were a burden on their family, friends or caregivers;
  • 1,412 people who requested that their lives be ended because they felt isolated and lonely; 
  • 1,253 with non-terminal conditions;
  • 227 people who were put to death because they were frail;  
  • 322 people who needed disability support services but did not receive them; 
  • 126 people who needed, but could not access, palliative care were given access to the lethal jab; 
  • 59 people who the practitioner assessed as requesting a lethal injection “voluntarily” determined the alleged voluntariness without directly consulting with the person.

None of this has raised any alarm bells for the Minister for Health.

The fatally flawed euthanasia experiment forced on Canada by its seven Supreme Court justices in a 2015 decision is perverting medical and health care across Canada.

In 2020 in Canada, 1,274 physicians and 71 nurse practitioners actively killed at least one person with 200 of them directly ending the lives of ten or more people.

2,532 people were lethally injected less than ten days after requesting it – with the-then legally required 10 day “reflection period” waived for 905 people who were not imminently dying but who, two practitioners claimed, could lose their decision making capacity within the 10 day period.

This raises real questions about the validity of the original request. If a person is on the verge of losing capacity what degree of certainty can there be that the person currently has full capacity?

However, under the changes to the law from March 21, 2021 the 10 day reflection period is abolished for anyone whose “death is reasonably foreseeable.” Same day lethal injection on request is now just business as usual.

For people with non-terminal chronic conditions and disabilities there is a 90 day waiting period .But this too can be waived entirely if the two practitioners assert that decision-making capacity could be lost within that period.

And from March 2023, mental illness alone will also be grounds for receiving a lethal injection.