Kimmio, had you cared to listen for a bunch of years, you'd have heard my consistent complaints about LTC and mental illness,
It sucks to be not fully "abled" in Canada, as anywhere else on earth. Many of us know that to some degree - disability, mental health issues, sight or hearing issues.
And if you think the way that you might die - in a home, alone, with no-one visiting - well, sorta welcome to the club. We're not making different plans for old age.
Well, that potential circumstance needs fixing, doesn’t it?
Jean Truchon was 51, and not dying, not old aged. You've already outlived him for a few years and I suspect you have at least a few more to go before you’re faced with what you describe. You're not facing death in any diagnostically foreseeable future, as far as we know. Even if you were you are not in that position. Are you saying it’s more important for able bodied people to make it to old age and live somewhere decent, with both care and autonomy, than it was for Jean Truchon?
It doesn’t necessarily suck to be not fully abled, it sucks to be up against arbitrary physically, systemically and socially placed barriers and discriminated against. Canada just enshrined into law, with this bill, that our right to die is more important than our right to live. They flipped the charter upside down, and broke international law. Law that was there to ensure that living our lives is more equal, out of a recognition that it isn’t, due to the aforementioned barriers. It wasn’t a favour by the mainstream to be nice to us. Indeed, it was largely made by people with disabilities themselves, and then signed by 163 countries, because history shows that the mainstream can’t be counted on without education and awareness, to observe the right to non-discrimination in a number of areas that include people with disabilities (though it eagerly embraced our “right to die”). To live on an equal basis with others is a human right. That’s what the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights is for...to address the rights of all including minority populations. Canada ought to be doing better than most countries, not falling into one of the worst spots.