Nathaniel Erskine-Smith

Your member of parliament for


Beaches-East York

Nathaniel Erskine-Smith

Your member of parliament for


Beaches-East York

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Government proposes changes to medical assistance in dying

Our government recently tabled Bill C-7, to improve the Medical Assistance In Dying (MAID) regime in Canada and make it more accessible for Canadians. 

In the last Parliament, I voted against the government’s MAID legislation because it was unduly restrictive, it was inconsistent with the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in Carter, and I believe it was unconstitutional. A Quebec court agreed with that assessment, and Bill C-7 is the government’s response.

Specifically, the law would remove the eligibility requirement that a person’s death be reasonably foreseeable, and it provides a limited advance request for Canadians who are already deemed eligible for MAID to avoid a circumstance where an individual ends their life earlier than they would like for fear of losing capacity.

In most respects, Bill C-7 represents an improvement of the current law. But the bill also seeks to make additional changes that are of some concern, including a categorical exclusion of mental illness.

Here’s my speech in the House on our government’s proposed new law.