Supporters say physician-assisted dying should be extended to Alzheimer’s patients in Quebec


Pressure is mounting on Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé to table a bill extending medical assistance in dying (MAID) to people with Alzheimer’s disease.

On Thursday, the opposition held a joint press conference with Sandra Demontigny, an early sufferer of Alzheimer’s, and Georges L’Espérance, president of a Quebec association for the promotion of access to MAID called the AQDMD.

In Quebec, a patient must be able to consent when obtaining MAID, with a few exceptions.

But a special commission on MAID expansion has submitted a report recommending that people with conditions like Alzheimer’s be allowed to sign advance requests.

Demontigny and L’Espérance urged Dubé to act on the December 8 unanimous report before the end of the June 10 session.

There are only 14 days of parliamentary work left, which is not a lot of time given that any potential bill on MAID will have to be studied in detail.

Dube is currently piloting three health bills.

On March 21, members of the select committee expressed concern over Dube’s silence on the MAID file.

This report was first published in French by La Presse canadienne on May 5, 2022.


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