“We can only help you die”: instead of supporting the poor and sick, euthanasia is offered in Canada

65-year-old invalid Lester Landry was deprived of pension allowances and a service apartment by the authorities.  In return, the Canadian government offered him to voluntarily die.  The man agreed, saying that he did not want to end his life as a homeless person.

65-year-old invalid Lester Landry was deprived of pension allowances and a service apartment by the authorities. In return, the Canadian government offered him to voluntarily die. The man agreed, saying that he did not want to end his life as a homeless man.



In early December, an event occurred in Canada that would have shocked all normal people in any other country. Christine Gauthier, a well-known Paralympic athlete in her homeland, testified in Parliament. A former soldier, she was seriously injured during a training exercise and has been confined to a wheelchair ever since. But she did not despair, went in for sports and even managed to win gold at the 2016 Paralympics in two disciplines at once. Shortly after her triumph, Christine approached Veterans Affairs Canada to install a wheelchair lift in her home. Like, she has to constantly rely on the help of other people.

But years passed, and the lift never appeared. When Gautier once again reminded her of her request, she was answered: “Madame, if you are really in such a difficulty, we can help you voluntarily die.”

This was not a cynical joke of social workers, because they acted … according to the law. And, as it turned out, Christine was not the first person to make such an offer there. The fact is that seven years ago Canada officially allowed euthanasia – receiving a lethal injection at will. The Medical Assistance to Achieve Death (MAID) Act was passed. First, suicide by injection was advised to those who suffer from an incurable disease and are in severe pain, then the action of MAID was extended to the disabled and people with chronic ailments. “Ordering” euthanasia is as easy as shelling pears, you just need to download a special form from the Internet, fill it out and sign with the date. The signatory must undergo a short examination for the need for euthanasia and can receive it on the same day. So to speak, without red tape …

The case of Gauthier received publicity and was awarded hearings in parliament, because they forgot about the “little trifle” – she herself was not at all going to say goodbye to life. To veterans volunteers, the woman said, “I can’t believe you’re giving me an injection that will help me die, but won’t give me the tools I need to live.” Therefore, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau himself considered her treatment to be a clear excess.


But hundreds of voluntary departures from life do not have such a loud resonance in Canada. But behind each of them is a terrible personal tragedy. And one of the main reasons to pass a death sentence on oneself is poverty.

The poor, among whom there are many disabled people, can only rely on the state social insurance program. But the Maple Leaf Country spends less on social assistance than all developed countries. And the waiting time for treatment in the public sector of medicine can stretch for years. It’s openly said in Parliament that the “unnatural selection” greenlit by MAID has already saved nearly $88 million a year. A lethal injection costs only $2327. Feel the difference!


The “death masters” in Canada are not going to rest on their laurels. From March next year, another of the poorest groups of the population, people with mental disorders, will be connected to the “service”. In the poor, such diseases are usually in an advanced form, and this will lead to the fact that many of them prefer to take their own lives.

Psychiatrist Sisko van Veen, in an interview with the Canadian newspaper National Post, explained that depression and other mental illnesses cannot be seen on the screen. “In psychiatry

all you have is the patient’s story, what you see with your own eyes, what you hear, and what the family tells you,” van Veen said. – Therefore, it is very difficult, if not impossible, to determine the moment when mental suffering becomes intolerable and incurable.

By the way, the Nazis in Germany were engaged in the elimination of the “mentally disabled”, and this practice was condemned in a separate article at the Nuremberg trials. That the legislators of Canada, apparently, do not bother. “Once society accepts physician-appointed death as an acceptable response to human suffering, there are no more brakes,” said prominent Canadian lawyer Wesley Smith in his verdict on euthanasia law.


According to the Canadian law on euthanasia, which has been in force since June 2016, only citizens of the country over 18 years old can use it. For now, it is necessary that they be mentally healthy, but in March 2023 this requirement will be lifted. If in 2016 1,018 Canadians ended their lives through euthanasia, then in 2021 there were already 10,064 of them. This is a terrible, but absolute record.

Euthanasia is prohibited in Russia. Legalized in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Australia and several US states. In several other countries, the so-called. “passive euthanasia”, when a doctor interrupts the care of a terminally ill person at his request.

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