For the past decade, activist groups have been spreading the news about the so-called ‘right to die’ and, according to the latest statistics, their efforts have been a success.
The province of Quebec is now the world leader with more assisted deaths per capita (5.1 percent of all deaths) than any other jurisdiction. Across Canada, that number is 3.3 percent of all deaths—higher than Belgium (2.3 percent) and gaining on the Netherlands (4.8 percent).
Our lead on the world stage of death is a rather dubious distinction, but it becomes even more concerning against the backdrop of Canada’s low-performing health-care system.
Case in point: A suicidal woman seeking help at a Vancouver hospital came head-to-head with bare-bones health care and a fatalistic clinician.