“Sunset Clause” for Bill C-7 Will Sunset the Lives of People with Mental Illness

The Senate recently voted to add a “sunset clause” on excluding mental illness from Canada’s assisted suicide Bill C-7.

The term “sunset clause” is just a euphemism for the sunsetting of vulnerable people’s LIVES. It will mean that after a short period of time — only 18 months — mental illness will be grounds for accessing death through assisted suicide.

Medical experts tell us: there is no evidence that mental illness is irreversible – so why would we make it easier for people with mental illness to access death than it is for them to access the right treatments and options that could relieve their suffering and help them to live? Even one life lost unnecessarily is too many.

Watch my Senate Chamber speech opposing the sunset clause amendment here: