Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Canadians Are Parting Company With Their Federal Government
The Trudeau government's clumsy, ham-fisted approach to the assisted dying bill seems to be driving a wedge between the government and the public.
A recent poll showed that the public don't want Trudeau's narrowed bill. A strong majority want a Carter-compliant law including one that will give them, should their time come, the right to advanced directives on end of life issues.
Read the comments on any assisted death story. The responses are as powerful as they are uniform - the public is enraged that this government would put itself above the law. Justice minister Jody doesn't seem to have convinced anyone, perhaps except the prime minister himself.
What's also emerging is a renewed fondness for the Senate. Canadians seem to like the idea of the Senate doing what they imagined its job was - to provide sober second thought when the government goes too far or not far enough.