A Canadian man can have euthanasia approved by a doctor despite admitting that ‘POVERTY IS a major factor’

Canadian pensioner, who fears homelessness, has sought euthanasia. A doctor approved his request, even though he admitted that poverty is a major factor in his decision.

Les Landry, 65 years old, told the assessors that he ‘doesn’t want to die’, but had applied for medical assistance to dying (MAID), because he couldn’t afford to live comfortably.

Surprisingly, a doctor signed one of the two signatures necessary for Landry’s death, even though he knew that Landry was facing financial hardship, not illness, which is the leading reason for his profound decision.

Landry is now waiting to hear from a second doctor about his eligibility. Landry states that if that doctor rejects his application, he will simply “shop” around for another person who is willing to sign off on Landry’s death. This is permitted under Canada’s assisted-dying laws.

The shocking case exposes the Canadian government’s relaxed approach towards euthanasia. Experts believe that choosing to die is more accessible to people with disabilities than choosing to die. 

Les Landry (65 years old) has received approval from a doctor for euthanasia. However, he admits that poverty is a major factor in his decision. If he receives permission from another doctor, he can take his own death through medical assistance in the dying (MAID).

Dr Naheed Dosani is a palliative medicine physician and assistant professor at University of Toronto. He said that Canada has reached a point in which people are choosing to die, not because they want to but because they don’t have adequate access to proper health care and social services.

Last year, more Canadians were executed than ever before. This is a tenfold rise from 2016, when the practice became legal. The law will change in March to allow MAID to be sought by mental health patients who have no physical ailments.

Canada’s law permits anyone suffering from a grave and irremediable medical condition to seek euthanasia even if they are not terminal.

Landry uses a chair and has several other disabilities that make him eligible for MAID. Landry was able until recently to live comfortably in his modest home in Medicine Hat (Alberta) with his service dog.

He was 65 when his state benefits changed and he now has $120 per monthly after paying his medical bills.

Landry is also preparing for a January rent increase that could result in his benefits no longer covering essentials. This could put him at risk of being homeless.

In a series interview with, he discussed his descent into hardship and the decision to pursue the MAID application process that offers a bizarre solution to his problems.

Landry stated, “MAID” is when the pain of life is more than the fear or death. How can you turn off the switch to both physical and emotional pain in poverty?

Landry Said The Application Process Was 'Bizarre'. Canadians In Several Provinces Can Simply Download A Form Online, Like The One Filed Above By Landry, To Start The Euthanasia Process

Landry described the application process as ‘bizarre’. To begin the euthanasia process, Canadians living in multiple provinces can simply fill out an online form, such as the one Landry has filed.

Landry Said He'S Been Honest With Assessors That Poverty Has Been A Main Factor. One Doctor Has Already Given Approval For The Procedure And He'S Awaiting The Opinion Of Another

Landry said that he was open and honest with the assessors about how poverty had influenced his decision. One doctor has already approved the procedure and he’s waiting to hear from another.

Doctors Have Visited Landry At Home To Assess His Eligibility And One Has Approved His Request For Medical Assistance In Dying. Two Approvals Are Required To Go Through With The Process

Landry was visited at home by doctors to assess his eligibility. One doctor has approved Landry’s request for medical assistance in his final days. To proceed with the process, you will need to obtain two approvals

Landry, Who Uses A Wheelchair And Has Several Medical Conditions, Lived Comfortably Until His Benefits Changed, But Now He Fears That He'Ll Be Left Homeless By A Shortfall In His Finances

Landry, a person who uses a chair and has multiple medical conditions, was able to live comfortably until his benefits changed. However, now Landry fears that he might be homeless because of a financial shortfall.

“If poverty makes someone disabled and basically makes them homeless, then what’s the solution?”

“I don’t want the idea of being homeless. I don’t want the possibility of living in a van and not being able to pay van rent. I don’t want my family to be homeless. Who would want the prospect of being homeless at 16 or 65?

‘Before I was 65 years old, I was able to live comfortably, I wasn’t suffering, and I had my budget set up so I knew exactly how much I would get. It was manageable. It’s now like I don’t know what I’m going to get month to month.

“Sooner than later it’s likely to get to the point where I just can’t afford to live.”

Landry was a commercial truck driver who earned as much as $85,000 per annum. He He had a hernia fifteen years ago. Complications with the treatment left him dangerously high blood pressure.

Three mini strokes followed by epilepsy led to the loss of his driving licence and inability to work.

He Alberta’s Assured In Income for the Severely Handicapped, (AISH), benefits are available to those who qualify He Recently, he was receiving $1,680 per month plus other benefits such as a service dog allowance and medical transport allowance.

Landry stated that he switched to a different benefit plan for seniors after turning 65. Many of his benefits were cut. His finances are in decline and he is at risk of becoming homeless.

He He spent some time weighing whether to apply for MAID. He even joked that it was like ordering pizza.

It’s easy to get assisted death in Canada. Residents can easily download an online form in many provinces.

Landry stated that the MAID application is a simple, bizarre application. He only had to sign the bottom and check the boxes, then secure the signatures of witnesses.

‘In a matter of days I got a response saying… now we’re going to move on to the next step,’ he said. “They advised me to expect a call from a doctor. He came to my home.

Landry pointed out with humor that home visits by doctors have ceased to be the norm over a decade ago, but that they are willing to make a house visit to kill you.

He He stated that he was open with MAID assessors throughout application process and admitted that it was his financial difficulties that prompted him to submit the application.

“I told the doctor that I wanted to live. He said that he didn’t want to go to death.

Landry Suffers Several Disabilities But Was Able To Live Well Until His Benefits Were Cut. Now, He Says The Threat Of Homelessness Is Real So He Is Seeking Permission To End His Life Through Euthanasia

Landry is a man with multiple disabilities who was able live well until his benefits were cut. Landry now believes that he is at risk of becoming homeless. He is seeking permission for him to be executed by euthanasia.

Landry Told 'I'Ve Been Very Honest With It To The Whole Process. I Haven'T Lied Or Hidden Anything... I Said, &Quot;But One Of The Main Factors Is Because Of The Poverty&Quot;.'

Landry told ‘I’ve been very honest with it to the whole process. I haven’t lied or concealed anything… I said, “But one factor is because poverty”.

“I have been completely honest throughout the entire process. I have not lied or concealed anything. I said, “I am on a fence here”, but the main factor is poverty.

“And I explained to her that poverty was not an issue when I was on AISH. I knew that I could budget. I knew what I was allowed to do. I knew what was covered. I replied, “Now everything’s up in air, and it is the unknown.” I am not a person with disability, but I do have a disability.

He The doctor who visited his home on December 2nd, also spoke openly about the matter.

‘He [the doctor] I was open to everything. He Landry said that he was aware that he has admitted MAID, but he didn’t know it.

Landry’s home was the location of the second doctor’s consultation on Wednesday afternoon.

Landry was still waiting for the decision.

“I said, I don’t want this life and poverty is not helping.”

“Either you’re approved or not, give me an explanation. Without it, I can’t go to the shops to find another doctor.

He I also added: “Well what if the doctor doesn’t approve you?” He They just find another one, they said. I said okay, I said so you can go shopping? He Says yep.

Dr. Dosani, a member of the University of Toronto’s Department of Family and Community Medicine said Canada should halt its expansion of MAID until the system is fixed.

He, he said, “I work in a world that it’s possible for people to arrange MAID in two weeks in an organised and efficient fashion but it takes people years get them housing, months to get income support and weeks and months get people mental health support and harm reduction support.”

He According to the Canadian government, it has made it easier for people with disabilities to live with dignity by providing MAID, rather than living with dignity through housing, income support and medication coverage.

He stated that ‘I think given all the stories that are being released, it would be very disappointing for us not to pause and reflect on the pace at which MAID expansion is taking place’.

“At the very minimum, if MAID will be more accessible for people to live well, we must create society where people have access to the social supports they need.”

Landry also said that he was not against MAID but criticised Canada for rapid expansion of euthanasia law without reforming access to disability support.

“But the truth is, when you are able to do the following: Government MAID should have been expanded to include people with disabilities. They also should’ve increased the benefits and improved quality of life for people they are targeting.

“They should have done it first, not after they had already done it. It took them 20 month, 20 months, from the minute they they tabled the legislation for MAID to the time it became law…

“Why would it take 20 years to help us kill ourselves and like forever to try to improve our benefits?”

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