A roundup of news and interviews from around the interwebs.
In the Hamilton Spectator, a doctor pens a scathing condemnation of Justin Trudeau’s euthanasia regime. An excerpt:
As physician lead of our hospital MAID team, I am keenly aware that suffering does not compartmentalize into neat little boxes. Cumulative life distress fuels MAID requests. Introduced to help avoid painful deaths, MAID in Canada now risks enticing nondying disabled who are marginalized by sexism, racism, ageism or ableism with state-sanctioned death to escape painful lives.
Canada’s reckless MAID expansion has been abetted by disconcerting failures of due diligence. Through consultations on mental illness and dying, Canadian Psychiatric Association leadership never once raised concerns about mental illness related suicide risk or discussed suicide prevention. After giving assurances for a year that C-7 would safeguard against MAID for mental illness, the Liberal government reversed its commitment in February and less than a month later pushed C-7 through parliament.
Canada already spends less on community supports than European countries with liberal MAID laws, and providing death costs less than providing chronic care. Beyond direct health-care savings already calculated by Canada’s Parliamentary Budget Officer, providing MAID to marginalized disabled with decades to live eliminates the need to support dignified living in the community, saving further hundreds of millions of dollars.
Read the whole thing.
On the Canadian campaign trail, Conservative leader Erin O’Toole folded immediately after progressive writers (such as Justin Ling at Maclean’s) warned darkly that this could mean that O’Toole’s short-lived support for conscience rights means denying “healthcare” to “trans youth.”
"Healthcare" has been used as a codeword for mastectomies, castrations, and other permanent and life-altering surgeries that the U.K.'s High Court and major medical institutions in Sweden and Finland have warned should not be on offer to minors. https://t.co/O3bwJHAree
— Jonathon Van Maren (@JVanMaren) August 20, 2021
Speaking of the Canadian election, Justin Trudeau is already embarrassing himself by inventing new woke words such as “she-cession,” which he insists with the sanctimony of a man who knows himself to be in possession of great virtue must turn into a “she-covery.” The reporter groped by this great feminist back in the day must feel so gratified to know that she took one for the team:
Justin Trudeau says we need "to counter the she-cession and turn it into a she-covery," then takes aim at the Conservatives for not talking about that. pic.twitter.com/gUUJegrevT
— Andrew Lawton (@AndrewLawton) August 17, 2021