In a surprising revelation, a well-known pro-life researcher has criticized the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for allocating over $3 million to a pro-euthanasia advocacy group. The Canadian Association of MAiD Assessors and Providers (CAMAP) received a substantial grant from the government, raising questions about the allocation of funds in support of euthanasia. This article delves into the funding disparity, public sentiment, and the growing controversy surrounding euthanasia in Canada.
Government Funding Soars for Pro-Euthanasia CAMAP
The government of Canada’s official website reveals a significant disparity in funding for CAMAP. In 2021, CAMAP received a staggering $3,287,996, while a mere $41,480 was granted to the same group in 2018. This exponential increase in funding occurred two years after the legalization of euthanasia, also known as Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD), in Canada.
Researcher Exposes Funding Discrepancy
The substantial funding provided to CAMAP caught the attention of prominent researcher and pro-life blogger, Patricia Maloney. In her widely-read blog, “Run with Life,” Maloney shed light on the alarming increase in government support for CAMAP and drew attention to the organization’s financial success. She also highlighted quotes from donors on CAMAP’s website, expressing gratitude for the availability of MAiD and attributing their loved ones’ peaceful passings to the organization’s services.
Criticism and Alternative Suggestions
Maloney, echoing the concerns of many, questioned the government’s decision to allocate such a substantial amount of money to the “death industry.” She suggested redirecting these funds towards individuals who opt for euthanasia due to financial hardships, emphasizing the potential for more compassionate use of taxpayer money.
Dying with Dignity and CAMAP: Two Sides of the Same Coin
Drawing attention to another pro-euthanasia charity, Maloney highlighted the significant financial support received by “Dying with Dignity.” In 2021, this organization received $1,653,893 in donations and an additional $204,655 from the federal government. Maloney observed that as both charities are relatively new, it is highly likely that their funding from the government will continue to increase in the coming years.
Euthanasia Prevention Coalition’s Perspective
Alex Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, pointed out the disparity between CAMAP and his own organization. While CAMAP issues charitable tax-deductible receipts to their donors, the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, a staunch opponent of euthanasia, does not qualify for charitable status. Schadenberg further highlighted the substantial salary of the highest-paid employee at Dying with Dignity, ranging between $160,000 and $199,000 in 2021.
Euthanasia as a Growing Business
Recent developments have sparked concerns that euthanasia has become a thriving industry in Canada. Reports of a Quebec funeral home charging $700 for patients to undergo government-sanctioned, doctor-led suicide in a private setting have further deepened these concerns. The legalization of euthanasia by the Trudeau government in 2016 has led to a significant increase in deaths under the MAiD program, prompting debates on further expanding the eligibility criteria for state-sanctioned death.
Controversial Expansions and Public Outcry
The passage of Bill C-7 in 2021 marked a significant turning point, allowing individuals suffering solely from mental illness to qualify for MAiD. However, due to pushback from pro-life groups, conservative politicians, and concerned citizens, the Trudeau government postponed the full implementation of the mental illness expansion until 2024 through the passing of Bill C-39. This delay followed various public scandals, including reports of veterans being offered euthanasia procedures by Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) personnel.
Conservative Party’s Opposition to MAiD Expansion
The Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) has been at the forefront of opposing the expansion of MAiD. A private member’s bill introduced by CPC MP Ed Fast, known as Bill C-314, sought to repeal the extension of euthanasia laws to those suffering solely from mental illness. Despite its initial praise from Campaign Life Coalition (CLC), Canada’s leading pro-life organization, the expansion of euthanasia to individuals with mental illness is set to become law in the spring of 2024. However, with the possibility of a new government coming into power before that date, there remains a chance to halt the implementation.
The substantial increase in government funding for pro-euthanasia advocacy groups has sparked controversy and raised concerns among pro-life researchers and organizations. The allocation of millions of dollars to CAMAP and Dying with Dignity has ignited debates about the appropriate use of taxpayer money and the growing influence of the euthanasia industry in Canada. As the nation grapples with the moral, ethical, and financial implications of euthanasia, the future of MAiD and it’s expanding eligibility criteria remain subjects of ongoing public discourse and political contention.