Parliament has reconstituted all of the standing committees disbanded when the election was called with the exception of the special joint committee mandated to review the legislation governing medically assisted dying (MAID). I am one of the majority of Canadians who support MAID and look forward to expanded access to this end-of-life choice with regard to: advance requests; mental illness as a sole underlying disorder; and mature minors. That said, I would emphasize that I also believe we need better and timely access to palliative care, mental health treatment, and support for disabled Canadians. These are not either/or choices. I am definitely among the more than 80 per cent of Canadians who would like to make an advance request to ensure a MAID death in the event that I lose capacity while otherwise eligible for MAID. I also support access to MAID for those with mental illness who meet the criteria of a grievous and irremediable medical condition. As someone who has dealt with recurring depression and anxiety starting in my teen years, I clearly understand that I would not be eligible for MAID on that basis under the current or likely any future legislation. Clinicians are clear that the mental disorder would have to be far more severe to be considered a grievous and irremediable condition; in those severe cases, however, the patient deserves to have access to a dignified and peaceful death. As evidenced during the hearings on Bill C-7 last winter, the vocal minority against MAID in any form will be out in force once the parliamentary review reconvenes, fearmongering about extending MAID to include advance requests and mental illness. I hope the vast majority of Canadians who support MAID will use their voices this time around. And with respect to extending MAID access to mature minors, I anticipate that a few anti-MAID people will proclaim vociferously that MAID supporters now want to kill their sick children. While recognizing that there is an important legal and ethical balance to be achieved between our obligation to protect "vulnerable" children and a child's right to self-determination, it is simply wrong to treat mature minors inconsistently by allowing them to refuse life-sustaining medical treatment but not to apply for MAID. Ironically, I wish to live long enough to have access to the medically assisted death that both myself and other Canadians deserve under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Sherry Moran Ottawa, Ont.