Most Canadians don’t support latest planned MAID expansion, survey finds – CTV

Feb. 13, 2023

The majority of Canadians do not support the latest expansion that has been planned for medical assistance in dying in Canada, one which would open it up as an option for those with mental illnesses as a sole condition.

While six out of ten Canadians support MAID in its current form, which allows those with a grievous and irremediable medical condition to apply for it, only three in ten Canadians support the idea of allowing patients to seek MAID purely based on mental illness, according to a new report by the Angus Reid Institute.

The report comes a week after the Trudeau government introduced legislation to delay the expansion of MAID by a year, saying more time was needed to get it right.

“To be honest, we could have gone forward with the original date,” Justice Minister David Lametti said in a press conference last week. “But we want to be sure, we want to be safe, we want everybody to be on the same page.”

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