Parliament to vote on bill for assisted dying of mentally ill

Parliament will be voting October 18 on an important bill that could affect the lives of Canadians, particularly those struggling with mental illness. The rapid expansion of MAID, which stands for Medical Assistance In Dying, is raising some concerns, particularly since the bill is attempting to expand the eligibility of assisted dying to those who qualify solely based on mental illness. But there is another bill – Bill C-314, which seeks to remove the mental illness eligibility that qualifies a person for MAID.

Guest David Guretzki is hopeful Bill-C14 passes. As president of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, he’s been active in educating the public about MAID. He  joined BCN’s Jeannette Rocher from Ottawa.

Jeannette Rocher

Born in Puerto Rico, raised in Minnesota and Manitoba, Jeannette has had the opportunity to live in a variety of places including New York, Arizona, and Nevada. After completing college and a paid internship with CBC Winnipeg, Jeannette embarked on her journalism career by moving overseas to take a job on the island of Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands. While overseas she covered stories in Fiji, Guam and Japan including the 2011 tsunami that hit Japan and its surrounding islands. She covered a mass shooting, an Earth quake, murder cases and other substantial court cases. In 2013 she moved to Alberta where she covered the devastating floods of High River and Medicine Hat for CTV News. She then went on to produce and host Go! Southern Alberta for Shaw TV. She now calls Miracle Channel home. In addition to reporting in the field, you can catch her anchoring daily weather reports, as well as longer interview segments on BCN, and the week-in-review show on BCN Weekends. 

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