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GP (BC)
Thank you, Madam Chair.
This amendment is another amendment that was adapted from a request by Inclusion Canada and supported by the Nanaimo Association for Community Living.
This is about collecting relevant data on the people who receive MAID. It will help with research so we have a better understanding of the circumstances of the people who have accessed MAID. This includes “information regarding the factors in the living conditions or life circumstances of a person who has requested medical assistance in dying that may be causing or increasing their suffering and any services or care that have been offered or made available to them, including palliative care, disability supports, assistive technology, income assistance, counselling services, communication supports and environmental accommodations.” Any regulations “must provide for the establishment of a data collection system designed to facilitate the analysis and interpretation of the information provided, particularly as it relates to the protection of vulnerable persons from being induced to end their lives.”
This is not about putting barriers in the way of MAID, but about understanding what factors are involved in people accessing MAID and ensuring that we have proper data collection for researchers and people interested in following up on why people have accessed MAID.
Thank you.
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GP (BC)
Thank you, Madam Chair.
I appreciate the friendly amendment to this amendment, and I accept it. I am hoping people will support this amendment.
Given the clear objectives stated in the preamble related to protecting the human rights and inclusion of people with disabilities in respect of the charter and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities, the minister responsible for the status of persons with disabilities and the office of disability issues should be mandated to share in the responsibility for monitoring and reporting to Parliament on the MAID system.
This motion simply states that, in performing his or her function or duties under clause 3, the Minister of Health should consult with the minister responsible for the status of persons with disabilities. Again, this is an amendment that was adapted from information sent to me by the Nanaimo Association for Community Living's executive director Graham Morry and information from Inclusion Canada and Inclusion BC.
I hope people will support this amendment.
Thank you.
View Paul Manly Profile
GP (BC)
Thank you, Madam Chair.
This amendment was adapted from a request made by Inclusion Canada, and it was supported and sent to me by Graham Morry, the executive director of the Nanaimo Association for Community Living.
I also met with Inclusion BC and several local self-advocates who support this amendment. This amendment is a minor change to the safeguards for natural death not foreseeable. It calls to ensure that the person has been informed of the means available to relieve their suffering, including, where appropriate, counselling services, mental health and disability support services, community services and palliative care and have had consultations with the relevant professionals who provide those services or that care.
I have years of experience working with the diverse abilities community, through skills training and employment programs, with youth with barriers to employment and people with disabilities. As part of that work I connected people with all of the services that are listed above, except palliative care. I was able to make those connections and arrange appointments within a matter of weeks. Given that there is a 90-day period under the safeguard provisions for natural death not foreseeable, I believe there's plenty of time for people to seek out and receive these consultations and that this is not a barrier to people accessing MAID.
If the consultations listed specialists, then I could see how this would be a barrier because, unfortunately, it takes much longer to see a specialist in this country.
I think this is a very reasonable amendment that will give the disability community more confidence in the MAID process. It's important that this community is heard and feels heard and respected. I personally believe that there are adequate safeguards built into this legislation, but I would like the bill to be clearer for people with disabilities and the disability community, so that their concerns are heard.
Thank you.
View Paul Manly Profile
GP (BC)
I was just going to say that many of the things are listed here say “where appropriate”, so these aren't services that everybody will need to access. It has, “where appropriate, counselling services, mental health and disability support services, community services and palliative care”. I think that many people will have already sought out some of these things before they seek a medically assisted death.
I don't want to take away somebody's agency to say that they don't want to have to seek mental health services or disability support, but I think many people seek these things out already. We want to make sure that, for people in the disability community, they have actually had the opportunity to get those consultations and see what supports are available to them.
In my work I have had youth who were threatening suicide. They were at their wit's end because they weren't getting the services and the things they needed. It just took some patience and some time to work with them, and to work within the community, to ensure that they had access to the things they needed so that they could thrive in the community.
That's all I have to add. Thank you.
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GP (BC)
Thank you. Thank you for having me here.
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GP (BC)
Thank you very much, Madam Chair.
The amendment is with regard to people who are seeking MAID when:
(c) they experience enduring physical or psychological suffering that
(i) is caused by that illness, disease or disability or that state of decline,
(ii) is intolerable to them and cannot be relieved under conditions that they consider acceptable, and
(iii) is not the result of deprivation, social disadvantage, lack of support or perceived discrimination.
In my discussions on MAID with the local disability community, there were concerns raised. I was sent this amendment by the executive director of the Nanaimo Association for Community Living, Graham Morry. This was also an amendment that came through Inclusion BC.
In my community, in my office, every day I see people who are homeless. There is a large homeless camp behind my office, and when I go by I see people in wheelchairs and walkers, and I know there are disabled people in that camp. The health issues they face continue to degrade their health because of their deprivation, because they are homeless. People in my community wanted to ensure there was more of a safety net in place for people with disabilities.
I believe this bill does protect people with disabilities, but the language needs to be clearer, so that people feel satisfied they're protected.
View Paul Manly Profile
GP (BC)
Thank you very much, and thank you to the witnesses.
Thank you to my fellow members of Parliament for giving me the chance to ask a few questions.
There are protections and exemptions for mental health in this legislation. I've been hearing from the disability community in my riding about its concerns about people with cognitive disabilities, people who are non-verbal or who have trouble communicating. They obviously have suffering in their lives, but is it related more to the characteristics of the disabilities they're born with?
I am wondering, and I will ask Mr. Roberge this, if he thinks there are enough protections in this legislation for people who have characteristics they're born with and who are dealing with suffering, but may not have the capacity to make these kinds of decisions, or may be coerced into making a decision around MAID.
View Paul Manly Profile
GP (BC)
Okay.
Would Mr. Naud would be willing to comment on that same question as well?
View Paul Manly Profile
GP (BC)
Thank you very much.
I would like to thank the witnesses for appearing today.
I have a question for Dr. Chochinov about suicide ideation. We should be looking at different types of diseases or declines in health, and parsing them out to provide different timelines for different people. Some of these diseases have an obvious rate of decline. We have talked about people becoming quadriplegics. Obviously, that's not a continued state of decline. That is an accident or something that has cut somebody off.
Would you see amendments that would maybe look at the state of decline? What would you see for amendments that might work in these kinds of situations?
View Paul Manly Profile
GP (BC)
Mr. Chair, this petition is put forward by constituents in my riding of Nanaimo—Ladysmith who are very concerned about climate change and government action on climate change.
They are calling upon the government, the House of Commons and Parliament assembled to update Canada's climate action targets to reflect science and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's 2018 report, eliminate all subsidies to the fossil fuel industry, invest in a just transition for oil and gas workers, cease from purchasing, subsidizing or supporting any future fossil fuel infrastructure and invest in clean, renewable energy and/or other climate and socially conscious investment opportunities.
I'd like to thank my constituent, Vic Brice, for putting this forward.
View Paul Manly Profile
GP (BC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
It's a pleasure and an honour today to present a petition for the constituents of Nanaimo—Ladysmith. This one is in relation to the southern and northern resident killer whales, which have been declared a threatened and endangered species under Canada's Species at Risk Act.
The petitioners are asking Parliament to strengthen the killer whale recovery plan, which is required under the Species at Risk Act and administered by Parks Canada, by legally requiring a reduction in underwater noise from commercial, recreational, and transport vessels; limiting the amount of tanker and freighter traffic in the Salish Sea east and south of Vancouver Island; placing a moratorium on chinook, herring, sport, commercial and native fisheries until stocks rebuild; and legally requiring electronic chip identifiers in, and mandatory recovery of, lost fishing gear drifting in the ocean.
Thank you.
View Paul Manly Profile
GP (BC)
Thank you, Madam Chair.
In the first five months of this year, 554 B.C. residents died from opioid overdoses. They were teachers, construction workers, business owners, family members, neighbours and friends. Addiction is a health and social issue, but criminalization creates stigma, so people hide their drug use and die alone.
Access to a safe supply of drugs and safe injection sites saves lives and puts addicts in daily contact with people who can help them. Will this government end the war on drugs by decriminalizing them, providing a safe supply and reallocating resources from policing addicts to providing treatment for them?
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GP (BC)
Madam Chair, the Geneva Convention considers both tear gas and pepper spray to be chemical weapons and prohibits their use in war, yet our police forces use these weapons on Canadian civilians. These weapons are indiscriminate and can affect peaceful protestors and innocent bystanders. Will the government prohibit the use of these weapons and require police to use de-escalation techniques to keep legal protests peaceful?
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GP (BC)
Madam Chair, in 2012 the RCMP spent $14 million on 18 armoured personnel carriers. One's parked at the Nanaimo detachment. I can't imagine why we have weapons of war like this for policing civilians. Will the government rein in the RCMP budget and end wasteful spending on militarizing our civilian police forces?
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GP (BC)
Madam Chair, the government spent $4.5 billion to buy an old, leaky pipeline. Since 1961, there have been 82 reported spills from the Trans Mountain pipeline. Over 1.5 million litres of crude oil has spilled into the surrounding environment. This weekend, the Trans Mountain pipeline leaked again, dumping 190,000 litres of oil. How much is this spill going to cost Canadian taxpayers to clean up? How much contingency funding has been budgeted to repair the environmental destruction from spills?
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