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(LifeSiteNews) — Almost ten years ago, I attended a debate between Michael Payton of Dying with Dignity and Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition on the resolution: “Should assisted suicide be legal?” Schadenberg explained why calling suicide or euthanasia a “right” would inevitably lead to the sorts of horror stories that are now occurring in Canada weekly; Payton attempted to exploit the empathy of his listeners by highlighting the suffering of those in the final stages of illness. 

The most significant takeaway from the debate, however, was not the back-and-forth over the resolution itself, which was both interesting and predictable. It was when Schadenberg forced Payton to admit that although he was using stories of rare, heartbreaking circumstances, he and his fellow lobbyists at Dying with Dignity actually supported assisted suicide in a whole range of scenarios, including for those suffering with mental illness. Suicide activists weren’t revealing their whole agenda at that stage – first, they wanted to get what is now called MAiD (Medical Assistance in Dying) legalized in limited circumstances. Once the basic “right” to die was established, they could come for the rest. 

Indeed, Dying with Dignity is championing Canada’s chilling new regime – and constantly pushing to expand its borders. On their website they list their “current priorities,” which includes expanding assisted suicide to the depressed and suicidal – with astonishing chutzpah, they actually claim that denying suicide to the mentally ill is “stigmatizing and discriminatory,” apparently without considering how stigmatizing and discriminatory it is to tell mentally ill people that the government agrees that their lives are not worth living and is willing to facilitate their suicides should they happen to ask. They are also campaigning for “advance requests,” so that dementia patients can be killed after indicating a possible desire for MAiD years earlier. 

In my view, Dying with Dignity is one of the most dangerous organizations in the country, working daily to exploit the compassion and empathy of parliamentarians and the public to persuade them that suicide is the answer to virtually any form of suffering. Each time they achieve what they want, they shift their success to the “past priorities” tab on their website and add new goals to their “current priorities.” We are currently witnessing what the society Dying with Dignity has been championing for decades looks like. 

At Run with Life, pro-life blogger Pat Maloney has revealed some details about how this organization functions. “The death industry is really about money,” she observed. 

“Clearly, it is cheaper to kill people than to give them health care, palliative care, home care, mental health care, etc. It is about saving money, and in some cases, it is even about making money. For example, Dying with Dignity: in 2021, they received $1,653,893 (CAD) in donations… They actually had $8,000,000 in the bank that year. And they received $204,655 from the federal government in FY 2021… They also received two government grants from the Canada Summer jobs program for 2020 and 2021.” 

Maloney explained: 

To get this money, employers must: ‘demonstrate that they are providing quality work experiences for youth that provide opportunities to develop and improve their skills.’

They have ten employees. Check out their salaries:

1 person earns $1 to $39,999

5 people earn $40,000 to $79,999

3 people earn $80,000 to $119,999

and the winner is…the one person who earns $160,000 to $199,999.

Charity Intelligence who rates charities for donors (and not for the charities) gives DWD a 1-star rating (out of 5 stars). For each ‘dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 36 cents are available for programs.’

In short, Dying with Dignity is staffed with people who are getting money to push for an expansion of Canada’s euthanasia regime – which, as we are seeing almost daily, is producing a conveyer belt of corpses as impoverished and desperate Canadians who cannot get the help they need are opting to die at the end of a needle instead. 

This is the Canada that Dying with Dignity has been pushing for, and this is the Canada they have done so much to bring about. 

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Jonathon Van Maren is a public speaker, writer, and pro-life activist. His commentary has been translated into more than eight languages and published widely online as well as print newspapers such as the Jewish Independent, the National Post, the Hamilton Spectator and others. He has received an award for combating anti-Semitism in print from the Jewish organization B’nai Brith. His commentary has been featured on CTV Primetime, Global News, EWTN, and the CBC as well as dozens of radio stations and news outlets in Canada and the United States.

He speaks on a wide variety of cultural topics across North America at universities, high schools, churches, and other functions. Some of these topics include abortion, pornography, the Sexual Revolution, and euthanasia. Jonathon holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in history from Simon Fraser University, and is the communications director for the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform.

Jonathon’s first book, The Culture War, was released in 2016.