Skip to comments.Former paralympian tells MPs veterans department offered her assisted death [Canada offered to euthanize a veteran after she said she still hadn't gotten a wheelchair ramp 5 years after requesting it]
Posted on 12/03/2022 11:39:15 AM PST by grundle
A paraplegic former member of the Canadian military shocked MPs on Thursday by testifying that the Department of Veterans Affairs offered her, in writing, the opportunity for a medically assisted death — and even offered to provide the equipment.
Retired corporal Christine Gauthier, who competed for Canada at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympics and the Invictus Games that same year, spoke before the House of Commons veterans committee and agreed to provide a copy of the letter.
“With respect to me, I have a letter in my file, because I had to face that as well,” said Gauthier, referring to the debate about veterans being offered the option of medical assistance in dying (MAID).
“I have a letter saying that if you’re so desperate, madam, we can offer you MAID, medical assistance in dying,” said Gauthier who first injured her back in a training accident in 1989.
Testifying in French, she said she has been fighting for a home wheelchair ramp for five years and expressed her concerns about the assisted dying offer in a recent letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
“I sent a letter to Prime Minister Trudeau and that they [Veterans Affairs] offered me MAID and would supply equipment,” said Gauthier.
Gauthier did not say when the assisted death offer was made, whether it came from a case manager or a veterans services agent, or when she wrote to the prime minister.
On Friday, Prime minister Justin Trudeau called the report of what happened to Gauthier “absolutely unacceptable” and said the government took action the moment it heard of other cases.
“We are following up with investigations and we are changing protocols to ensure what should seem obvious to all of us: that it is not the place of Veterans Affairs Canada, who are supposed to be there to support those people who stepped up to serve their country, to offer them medical assistance in dying.”
Veterans Minister Lawrence MacAulay revealed last week in testimony before the same committee that four — perhaps five — cases of Canadian military veterans being given the MAID option by a now-suspended veterans service agent have been referred to the RCMP.
MacAulay urged other veterans who may have had similar experiences to come forward.
Department officials told CBC News they couldn’t confirm whether the incident involving Gauthier represents a new case or was something the department was investigating already.
During his testimony last week, MacAulay walked the committee through four cases he said the department was certain of and that had been uncovered as part of a file review launched last summer.
The veterans service agent who allegedly provided the advice has been removed from her post while the department and the RCMP investigate.
“We remain confident that this is all related to one single employee, and it’s not a widespread or a systemic issue,” MacAulay told the committee last week.
Another veteran who testified Thursday, retired corporal Bruce Moncur, said that at a meeting two weeks ago, a deputy minister at the department tried to assure an advisory committee that includes veterans that what they were facing was an isolated incident.
“Five days later, we found out through the media that that was all lies,” said Moncur. “So we’re having, literally, an assistant deputy minister lying to veterans faces five days before the truth comes out. So, I said, it’s disheartening to say the least.”
‘I am in shock’
A spokesperson for MacAulay said late Thursday that the advisory committee was given the most recent information the department had at the time of the meeting.
New Democrat MP Rachel Blaney, a member of the committee, said she was shaken by what she heard on Thursday.
“I just want to extend my deepest apologies,” she told Gauthier. “I just, I am in shock. And I thank you for bringing this reality [to the committee].”
The question of what is going on at Veterans Affairs, and whether the Liberal government has a handle on the problem, was put before the prime minister during a media availability Thursday.
Trudeau tried reassurance, saying the employees in question no longer have contact with veterans. He also acknowledged that these cases fit within a larger debate over the expansion of medically-assisted dying in Canada to include those with mental illness.
That could become an option next spring.
“The issue of medical assistance in dying is a deeply personal, extraordinarily difficult choice that individuals and families need to make in the most thoughtful and best supported way possible,” Trudeau said.
“We understand that making sure we are respecting people’s rights and their choices, at the same time as we protect the most vulnerable, is a very important but challenging balance to establish.”
She should offer the same to these decrepit scumbags. “I will remove trash from your property for free”. Yep, the trash is them.
Was this already post? or is it a seperate event?
Trudeau should try assisted suicide
No difference between these Nazis and the Nazis in Germany who also told the disabled and their parents ,they would be happier dead....
I’m willing to bet that a lot of those feigning shock were the ones who were cheering the passage of assisted suicide strictly on budgetary reasons alone on the stressed healthcare system.
They probably are just upset it got pushed in the spotlight this early, before people fully came to accept it is all.
The real debate is still to happen, when it goes from “voluntary” to “selected for the betterment of all Canadians”.
Trudeau is a horrible leader so he should euthanize himself
Yeah. If he is so concerned about climate change and his carbon footprints, he should off himself. It for the cause doncha know.
“On Friday, Prime minister Justin Trudeau called the report of what happened to Gauthier “absolutely unacceptable” and said the government took action the moment it heard of other cases.”
Wait, wait, wait! It is absolutely unacceptable and they took action once they’d heard of other cases?
Coming soon to the US.
That is so ****** up I don’t even have the words.
Leftist Nazis don’t really care about disabled useless eaters. They want them to die. Not surprising.
Trudeau government: thanks for your service, now go die. Did you think government-run healthcare was to keep old people alive?
Until you get to this:
"Trudeau tried reassurance, saying the employees in question no longer have contact with veterans."
This means it was policy within the government.
But then this is the problem with Canuckistan, these veterans were unwilling to name names, and make sure these government employees are punished; and the go-along-to-get-along nature of Canadians will only embolden those same employees, who if anything will probably re-target the same veterans for extinction.
This is the ugly truth about socialism. It just doesn’t give a crap about individuals from “unapproved” groups like veterans.
It started with “get an abortion if you need pregnancy help...”
we already have “kill your baby if you need pregnancy ‘health-care’ .... “
I said, “This has to be the Babylon Bee. It’s just too absurd.”
Coming soon to a theater near you….
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