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Canada: Bill C-314 defeated

Bill C-314, which would have stopped the expansion of euthanasia access to those suffering from mental illness planned for March 2024, was defeated in the House of Commons on Oct. 18th 2023.

Minister of Health Mark Holland stated during debate that “there is not one among us in this House who does not have people they love who are deeply vulnerable and have been in a state of mental health crisis. Every single person in this House wants to make sure those people get the support and strength they need.

A recent Angus Reid/Cardus poll found that 82 per cent of Canadians believe mental health care services should be improved first before MAiD eligibility is expanded to include those with a mental illness.

Bill C-314 defeated, MAiD will be offered for mental illness next year (