Alarming number of young Canadians think the poor and mentally ill should be eligible for voluntary extermination by the state
Canada is one of several Western nations rushing to loosen the laws around euthanasia. While its expansion of access to voluntary extermination by the state can be attributed in part to a concerted campaign in recent years by the leftist Trudeau government, it is clear that a significant portion of the population is also on board.
A new survey from the Vancouver-based market research outfit Research Co. has found that 73% of Canadians support the current euthanasia regime in Canada, whereby adults with an irremediable medical condition can consent to be put down by the state. However, a significant cohort of younger respondents indicated a keenness to radically expand the option to the poor and the homeless.
Mario Canseco, president of Research Co., indicated that on the basis of a poll conducted from April 22 to April 24 among 1,000 adults:
43% said mental illness is a good enough reason for a Canadian over the age of 18 to seek state-assisted suicide;
20% said state-assisted suicide should always be allowed;
24% said parents who helped off their terminally ill son or daughter should receive no penalty whatsoever;
50% said they would support the volunteered extermination of persons with disabilities;
28% said they would agree to allow adults to receive state-assisted suicide due to poverty; and
27% said they would agree to allow adults to receive state-assisted suicide due to homelessness.
The responses varied greatly by generational cohort.
New Canadian survey on attitudes to euthanasia. 27% think people should have access to euthanasia because of poverty (41% among the 18-34). 28% for homelessness, 43% for mental illness, and 50% for being disabled (60% among the 18-34). pic.twitter.com/nCdL9NQDYG
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Younger Canadians more than happy to thin the herd
60% of respondents in the 18-34 age group said that a person with a disability should be able to request a state-administered suicide. By way of comparison, 46% of respondents in the 35-54 age group and 44% of those in the 55+ age group suggested that the disabled should be eligible for voluntary extermination.
41% of those in the 18-34 age group answered that homelessness was a good enough reason for state-assisted suicide. 29% of respondents in the 35-54 age group agreed that the homeless should be given a legal lethal way out by the Canadian government.