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(LifeSiteNews) – Angelina Ireland, who serves as the president of the pro-life Delta Hospice Society (DHS) in British Columbia, Canada, warned that “government-funded activist groups” have been helping to push messaging that people should feel good about “euthanizing” themselves. 

“There seem to be lots of money for government-funded activist groups to spin a message about ‘human rights’ which encourages people to euthanize themselves and feel good about it,” Ireland told LifeSiteNews. 

Ireland said that there is a “very tragic” situation in Canada unfolding regarding medical assistance in dying (MAiD), as it is known. 

“Some Canadians are literally ‘drinking the Kool-Aid’ prepared by a bankrupt and desperate government that can no longer accommodate the healthcare needs of its citizens,” she noted to LifeSiteNews.  

Ireland suggested that Canada’s current healthcare system, which sees provinces deliver to its residents free-of-charge medical care, is broken and in need if dire attention, as many patients wait months or years for normal routine care. 

“Our lot of ideologically crazed comrades would rather kill the patient than discuss any form of privatization, or public-private partnerships, (for healthcare) which would mean a loss of their control,” Ireland told LifeSiteNews.  

She said that Canada is rejecting the idea of going through a major healthcare reform and refusing the possibility of “adopting new approaches tried and tested in other countries,” such as Sweden.  

Ireland noted how Sweden has a much more successful universal healthcare system compared to Canada.  

Ireland recently blasted new proposed guidelines by Health Canada that suggest that medical doctors and nurses mention unsolicited euthanasia as an option for their patients. She told LifeSiteNews that this is due to a broken healthcare system that promotes death over life. 

“What is Health Canada really saying by adopting this new ‘standard of practice’?” Ireland told LifeSiteNews. 

“It would appear that the directive is for doctors and nurses to begin advising their patients that it is more expedient to just kill themselves,” she added.  

The Liberal federal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau legalized euthanasia in 2016, and since that time deaths have skyrocketed under its MAiD program. There has also been a continued push to further expand who can qualify for state-sanctioned death.   

The allowance of MAiD for those suffering solely from mental illness came as part of the 2021 passage of Bill C-7, which also allowed the chronically ill — not just the terminally ill — to qualify for doctor-assisted death.   

The mental illness expansion was originally set to take effect in March. However, after massive pushback from pro-life groups, conservative politicians, and others, the Liberals under Trudeau delayed the introduction of the full effect of Bill C-7 until 2024 via Bill C-39, which became law on March 9.   

As for Ireland, last month she warned that the pro-euthanasia lobby is “going after Catholics” by advocating that the province of British Columbia strongarm its hospitals into offering assisted suicide to patients. 

Under Trudeau’s permissive MAiD laws, deaths have skyrocketed.  

Last month, LifeSiteNews reported how the Canadian province of Ontario has seen deaths by state-sanctioned euthanasia skyrocket by 25 percent in the first five months of 2023, meaning that the province is on track to see a whopping 5,000 die via the grim procedure this year alone.