By Rosie Townshend-Carter
March 7, 2014
Candice Kemp remembers her grandfather at the end of his life, confined to a bed, in great pain and suffering. He asked to be killed.
“I think people should have a right to live or die,” she said
Stories like Candice’s are common, sparking a debate over the right to end your own life.
The Surveyor took to the streets to ask students if they thought euthanasia should be legalized.
The federal Liberal party delegates voted at the national party convention on Feb. 23 in Montreal on the matter of decriminalizing euthanasia. The party voted overwhelmingly in favour of legalizing euthanasia.
Currently illegal, euthanasia is legal in a number of countries around the world including the Netherlands, Holland, Switzerland and three American states. Approximately 20,000 people die by euthanasia in Holland each year.
A number of federal Liberal members disagreed with the resolution, stating that the most vulnerable Canadians would be at risk, such as seniors and the disabled.
Most felt that after a few years of life and watching loved one’s suffer the option should be yours.
“I used to be against it when I was younger but now that I’m older I see why,” said Dylan Liebe.
Many questions that leave Canadians confused and wondering is how the government will handle the legalization.
“I think it’s pretty tricky, how are you going to regulate that,” Louis Barriault said..
The Supreme Court will address the issue after 20 years of silence.
In 1993 they decided in a 5-4 ruling against doctor-assisted suicide. The decision to revisit the matter is extremely significant.
Quebec has also begun to draft its own legislation to allow the procedure that if passed, would make it the first province to legalize euthanasia.