Applying a disability lens doesn’t mean the obliteration of the existing safeguards of the medical assistance in dying legislation. It means addressing the lack of community supports and palliative care resources for disabled people and other vulnerable Canadians.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government declined to appeal the Quebec Supreme Court ruling on the medical assistance in dying legislation, which struck down the prerequisite for a 'natural, reasonably foreseeable death.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
The last-minute Liberal election commitment to apply a disability lens to all federal government decisions was both fought for and welcomed widely by the disability community across the country.
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'The government has heard Canadians’ concerns that the world is increasingly uncertain, and that the economy is changing,' the Throne Speech read. 'And in this context, regional needs and differences really matter.'
But a Conservative source is decrying public criticism of Andrew Scheer's leadership, saying it will only create the kind of schisms that will set the party back and that former leader Stephen Harper worked to avoid.