Medical assistance in dying
Canada’s Conservatives believe that the Government of Canada should have appealed the Quebec Superior Court decision on Medical Assistance in Dying. Instead, the Trudeau government passed a vague law with no safeguards that devalues human life.
When it comes to Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID), Conservatives will:
- Reinstate the ten-day waiting period to make sure somebody does not make this decision at their lowest point.
- Restore the requirement for two fully independent witnesses to ensure that a vulnerable person is not being forced or coerced.
- Require that any discussion of MAID only occur if raised by the patient and prevent healthcare workers from suggesting it to someone who is not seeking it. Canadians living with disabilities report regularly being in situations where MAID is suggested to or pushed on them and report how this undermines their sense of security in healthcare environments.
- Repealing the Bill C-7 provision allowing MAID for those with mental health challenges.
- Require any patient receiving MAID to be informed/reminded immediately before receiving it and given the opportunity to withdraw consent.
- Protect the right of patients to choose to receive care in a MAID-free environment.
- Require healthcare practitioners approving MAID requests (MAID accessors) to examine and consult directly with the patient before approving the request (with allowances made for virtually-enabled examination where required).
- Require MAID assessors to complete MAID assessor training to ensure full awareness of and compliance with laws and best practices around MAID.
We will also invest in palliative care.
- To help Canada become a place where all Canadians who suffer are offered relief, we will double the direct federal investments in palliative care. The Canadian Hospice and Palliative Care Association has estimated that under 30 percent of Canadians who need it have access to palliative care services.
- We will also encourage faith-based and other community organizations to expand their provision of palliative and long-term care.
Canadians living with disabilities
One in five Canadians lives with a disability. They need our support – to live full lives and participate fully in society, including in the workforce. Canada’s Conservatives have a plan to break down the barriers faced by Canadians living with disabilities. Doubling Disability Support in the Canada Workers Benefit A disproportionate number of disabled Canadians are working part-time or for low wages. Canada’s Conservatives will double the Disability Supplement in the Canada Workers Benefit from $713 to $1,500, providing a major boost to lower-income disabled Canadians on top of our increase in the Canada Workers Benefit.
We will overhaul the complex array of disability supports and benefits to ensure that working always leaves someone further ahead. And we will work with the provinces to ensure that federal programs are designed to work with provincial programs to achieve this result.
Recent reports, including the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, have identified significant gaps in opportunity and outcome between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. All levels of government need to engage with Indigenous peoples to make meaningful progress in closing these gaps.
Canada’s Conservatives believe in building a true partnership to ensure a just and secure place for thriving, self-determining Indigenous nations within the fabric of Canada. That starts with making the recognition of Indigenous rights a top priority and that is the lens through which we will approach all Indigenous issues. It also begins with making serious efforts to listen, learn, understand, and demonstrate our enduring commitment through our actions.
This commitment to fundamental human rights is central to Canada’s Conservatives.
Treating Mental Health as Health - the Canada Mental Health Action Plan Mental health and addiction were serious problems long before COVID hit. After a year of lockdowns made them worse, these are crises that our government needs to address. Canadians are suffering and dying. It’s time for real action - and a new approach. Canada’s Conservatives will introduce the Canada Mental Health Action Plan that will:
- Propose to the provinces that they partner with us by dedicating a significant portion of the stable, predictable health funding to mental health to ensure that an additional million Canadians can receive mental health treatment every year;
- Encourage employers to add mental health coverage to their employee benefit plans by offering a tax credit for 25% of the cost of additional mental health coverage for the first three years;
- Create a pilot program to provide $150 million over three years in grants to non-profits and charities delivering mental health and wellness programming; and
- Create a nationwide three-digit suicide prevention hotline.
We will invite the provinces to work with us to develop a set of best practices for Long-Term Care homes.