Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo MP Frank Caputo has written a letter to the Minister of Veterans Affairs, asking for an investigation after a Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) employee allegedly offered medical assistance in dying to a veteran .
In a letter to VAC, a veteran sought medical attention for PTSD and head trauma related to his military service. Instead of offering assistance, the VAC employee allegedly suggested, off the cuff, that the veteran request access to medical assistance in dying instead.
A statement from Caputo, who is the Conservative shadow minister for Veterans Affairs, notes that the veteran and his family “felt betrayed and disgusted” by the offer. It was only after several complaints that they received an apology.
“An investigation should be initiated to determine the full extent of this incident and to find out if others were similarly injured,” Caputo said in the statement.
He adds that veterans and their families are in an “extremely vulnerable state” when they come to VAC, and that it is not within VAC’s mandate to provide medical assistance in dying, especially when she is not invited.
“More concretely, it betrays the support veterans often need in situations of vulnerability and potential self-harm,” the statement continued. “The women and men who have served Canada in uniform deserve answers.
The full letter can be viewed here.