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View Charlie Angus Profile
NDP (ON)
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2020-02-27 12:08 [p.1665]
Madam Speaker, I listened with great interest to my hon. colleague, for whom I have a great deal of respect.
On the issue of the advance directive, when we think in advance, I think all the individuals I have ever known have talked about how they want to go and how they want to be. My friend was going to sit in the snow, listen to Bob Dylan and drink a bottle of whiskey on his last day. It is a great way to go, but we do not end up getting those options.
When we are faced with death, and I saw this with my sister and her horrific suffering, and her husband just before that, both very young, the will to live is so incredibly strong. People do not realize how much they want to live and how much they want to stay.
I know this is not so much the purview of the bill, but I want to ask about the reasonable limits of advance directives so we are not signing off and saying, “In future if it happens, this is how I want it to be”. When it happens, we are in a very different place and in a different world than we ever imagined we would be.
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