Is there a diversity, equity, and inclusion problem in Canada’s assisted-dying movement? Yes. Can it be corrected to ensure that Canadians’ Charter-protected right to MAID is balanced, safe, and equitable? Yes. But there are several steps that must be taken to remedy the situation.
The Senate passed an amendment to Bill C-7 to collect race-based data for the purposes of identifying racial inequities in medical assistance in dying. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
After the summer of 2020, cries for racial justice echoed worldwide, so it’s not surprising that concerns related to racial equity have surfaced in the assisted-dying debate.
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