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Bloc MP Luc Thériault denounces the decline and the “lack of courage” of Ottawa in the matter of medical assistance in dying.

Federal Health Minister Marc Holland has argued that provincial health systems are not ready and need time to expand the medical assistance in dying program to accommodate more people. include people whose only medical problem is mental illness.

We work at the last minute, we work on schedule and we have no real intention of going there […]. What is missing is the political courage to let the polls take place and look at the interests of patients, said Luc Thériault, Bloc member for Montcalm, in an interview on the show Les Backstage of power.

For its part, Quebec says it is ready and is pressing Ottawa to make concrete gestures in the medical assistance in dying file.

In 2021, the report of the Independent Joint Committee on Medical Assistance in Dying recommended that the federal government move forward with advance requests from adults experiencing dementia and dementia. Alzheimer.

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For Luc Thériault, this decline – unless there is a change by the March 17 deadline – means that patients who choose medical assistance in dying will have the burden of asserting their rights and defending themselves in court.

He deplores that the only options currently available to these people to reduce their suffering consist of taking legal action or putting an end to their -same in their days.

Even though Quebec has had a law on medical assistance in dying since 2015, a blockage remains in the Criminal Code (under federal jurisdiction). Quebec's Ministers of Seniors, Justice and Canadian Relations unitedly called for a change to the Code.

We do this for people who are waiting. Behind these people, there are human tragedies.

A quote from Sonia Bélanger, Minister of Seniors of Quebec

An amendment would advance advance requests and protect doctors.

The MP Thériault supports this request from Quebec. Let's make sure that if we open the door to advance consent, the doctor who works with the patient does not find himself in a situation where he could be criminally accused, he emphasizes.

The office of the Minister of Justice of Canada, Arif Virani, quickly reacted to Quebec's request, but its response maintains a certain vagueness.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">Criminal law applies across Canada, ensuring consistent standards nationally. This ensures that individuals across the country must adhere to the same rules regardless of location, leaving no room for evasion of consequences in different jurisdictions [sic]. This is why, in the case of medical assistance in dying (MAID), it is important that all doctors and actors in the system respect the necessary standards, in all provinces, before proceeding. p>

This response does not satisfy Minister Sonia Bélanger's office.

< p class="Text-sc-2357a233-1 imohSo">The federal government will have to explain its insensitivity to affected families. We don't want him to brush aside such a legitimate request from Quebec.

A quote from Sonia Bélanger, Minister of Seniors of Quebec

Minister Bélanger's office argues that Quebec has legislative solutions to move forward, without specifying which ones.

A consensus exists in Quebec on the issue of medical assistance in dying, as highlighted by the College of Physicians. Quebec was also the first Canadian province to adopt a law on the subject, in 2015. However, the tone and openness when it comes to medical assistance in dying are not the same in Ottawa.

Probably because no political party in Quebec owes the election of its leader to the religious right […]. When you have to be accountable to the religious right, you go about it in an electoral way, analyzes Luc Thériault, who sits on the Joint Committee on Medical Assistance in Dying.

Lieutenant of the Conservative Party in Quebec, Pierre Paul-Hus affirms that on social issues such as medical assistance in dying, voting is free for the deputies of his party.

You are asking me the question, should we have advance requests [for medical assistance in dying]? I tell you personally: yes. My colleagues from Quebec also think it’s a very good idea. I have colleagues elsewhere who are not sure […]. On every social issue, at home, we vote with our conscience.

Mr. Paul-Hus says he is in favor of amending the Criminal Code to allow advance requests, as requested by Quebec.

MP Luc Thériault deplores, however, the systematic opposition of conservative colleagues who complicate and slow down the work as well as the progress of legislative documents in the House of Commons and the Senate.

Mr. Thériault still has work to do on the issue of medical assistance in dying and hopes to see progress by the 2025 elections.

This interview with Luc Thériault will be broadcast on the show The Scenes of Power at 11 h on the airwaves of ICI RDI and ICI TÉLÉ.

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