A large majority of Canadians, three out of four, favour the inclusion of "advanced directives" or "advanced consent" provisions in the Trudeau government's assisted dying law.
“Advanced directives” or “advance consent” became a particularly controversial aspect of the assisted-death debate after the Supreme Court of Canada ruled last year the laws against the practice were unconstitutional. Such directives would allow someone with dementia or another degenerative diagnosis — while still in full capacity of his or her cognitive faculties — to sign a document requesting assisted death at a set point down the line. That could be defined in the order by a point in their illness or another predetermined metric.
A Forum Research survey of 2,271 Canadians on June 7 defined advance consent as “when someone leaves explicit legal instructions for their assisted death in the event they become incompetent and can’t make their wishes known themselves.”
It then asked, “Do you approve or disapprove of allowing assisted death for those who have signed advance consent, but may not be able to communicate their wishes?”
A full 74 per cent agreed, even slightly more than the 72 per cent who said they support assisted death.
“We have known for years Canadians favour assisted dying. It is clear from these findings that they don’t want to deny this right to those who can’t, in the end, speak for themselves” said Forum Research President Lorne Bozinoff.
It seems the prime minister and justice minister Jody are not only on the wrong side of the Supreme Court of Canada, the Senate of Canada and the terminally ill. They're also on the wrong side of mainstream public opinion. I guess that leaves them onside with only themselves and the cranks. Strange bedfellows.