By Letter to the Editor on March 10, 2020.
The MP for Lethbridge, Rachael Harder, spoke in the House of Commons on Feb. 27 regarding Bill C-7, which deals with medical assistance in dying (MAID). She took her usual entrenched position of demanding that we keep people alive as long as possible.
However, there are people who are in pain, have no hope of getting better and are tired of life. Some of them want to use their option of having a physician end their suffering by helping them die. Why does Harder refuse to let adults make their own decision about whether their suffering is worth continuing? What right do other people have to determine that?
Lethbridge College does an annual survey of standard questions on social issues to a cross-section of respondents in this area. One of the questions is “Should people with terminal illnesses be allowed legal access to medical assistance in dying?” The 2020 survey found that a “substantial majority of Lethbridge residents support legal medical assistance in dying (81.2 per cent). Religion is the most important predictor of opinion. Although a clear majority of the very religious are supportive (69.4 per cent), support climbs to 94.0 per cent among the non-religious. Substantial majorities of all other demographic groups are supportive.” See https://lethbridgecollege.ca/document-centre/publications/citizen-society-research-lab/lethbridge-opinion-structure-six-policy.
Why does Harder not represent the citizens of Lethbridge? Why does she oppose what more than four out of five of us want? She opposed the original Bill C-14 (2016) and now she is opposing providing more choice for dying Canadians. Her role in Ottawa is to represent the constituents of Lethbridge, not her own religious views.