When the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, returning abortion rights to voters, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the decision “horrific,” adding, “It shows how much standing up and fighting for rights matters every day.”
Someone might want to ask Trudeau who is standing up and fighting for the rights of vulnerable people in Canada. Turns out Canada has become a death factory for the elderly, disabled, and mentally ill.
“Alan was basically put to death,” Gary Nichols told the Associated Press of his 61-year-old brother who was hospitalized for suicidal thoughts in June 2019. Alan had a history of depression, but before he died, he asked his brother to “bust him out” of the hospital as soon as possible.
Instead, he was euthanized within a month. His application for euthanasia listed only one reason for his desire to die: hearing loss.
Alan is not alone. More than 10,000 Canadians were killed through state-sanctioned euthanasia last year, a 33% increase from the year before. And there is plenty of evidence that Trudeau’s government is pushing death upon its citizens, especially the ones using valuable healthcare resources.
Roger Foley, a patient suffering from a degenerative brain disorder in London, Ontario, was repeatedly told by hospital staff exactly how much his stay was costing taxpayers. They suggested euthanasia as a solution. The patient insisted he never brought it up, but the hospital “ethicist” tried to badger him to death with it.
“Roger, this is not my show,” the ethicist said. “My piece of this was to talk to you [to see] if you had an interest in assisted dying.”
Like the “right” to abortion in the United States, Canada’s “right” to die was first created by its highest court. After the 2015 judicial ruling forced the legislature to act, Canada’s Parliament legalized assisted suicide in 2016.
The number of vulnerable elderly, disabled, or mentally ill Canadians killed through state sanction has been steadily rising ever since.
“Too often, we allow ourselves to be guided by the interests of a few who are comfortable,” Pope Francis said when he visited Canada this July. “We need to look more to the peripheries and listen to the cry of the least of our brothers and sisters … of patients who, in place of affection, are administered death.”
The U.S. could do far more to protect those at both the beginning and end of their lives. But at least our government isn’t pushing death on the most vulnerable, the way Canada’s is doing.

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