Canadians supportive of assisted dying law but wary of mental health expansion: poll – GLOBAL

February 13, 2023

Canadians are generally supportive of the country’s medical assistance in dying (MAiD) law, a new poll suggests — but that support drops significantly when asked about a controversial expansion for mental health disorders.

The results from the Angus Reid Institute’s survey released Monday suggests that while 61 per cent of Canadians support the current version of the legislation, only 31 per cent agree the mental health expansion should be passed. Just over half of those surveyed — 51 per cent — are opposed.

The results further speak to the fraught nature of expanding the MAiD law to allow for mental health disorders as a sole condition for seeking a medically-assisted death, which has sparked heated debate on both sides of the issue.

Earlier this month, Justice Minister David Lametti tabled legislation that would delay the expansion, which was set to take effect in March, for another year until 2024

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