Canada offered to put Christine Gauthier to sleep

She wanted a little help – not death.

A paraplegic former Canadian military member is tearing at her government, which has offered to put her to sleep after complaining about delays in installing a wheelchair lift at her home.

Retired Army corporal Christine Gauthier, who represented Canada at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, testified in parliament Thursday that a case officer from Veterans Affairs Canada offered the option of a medically-assisted death — and even the equipment, according to CBC have made available.

“I have a letter saying we can offer you MAID if you are that desperate, madam,” said Gauthier, who injured her back in a training accident in 1989.

Testifying in French before the House of Commons Veterans Affairs Committee, she also said she had been campaigning for a home wheelchair ramp for five years and expressed her concerns about the offer of euthanasia in a recent letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Gauthier recently testified in French about her harrowing experience of having her assisted suicide offered.
Gauthier recently testified in French about her harrowing experience of having her assisted suicide offered.
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“I sent a letter to Prime Minister Trudeau and that she [Veterans Affairs] offered me MAID and would supply gear,” Gauthier said.

Gauthier’s ordeal was “absolutely unacceptable,” Trudeau said on Friday.

“We are conducting investigations and changing protocols to ensure what should seem obvious to all of us: that this is not the place for Veterans Affairs Canada to be, to support the people who have volunteered to serve their country to offer them medical assistance in dying,” the Prime Minister added.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Gauthier's ordeal was over "unacceptable."
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Gauthier’s ordeal was “unacceptable”.
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In testimony before the same committee last week, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Lawrence MacAulay revealed that at least four other Canadian military veterans were offered the MAID option by a now suspended veterans service agent. The cases have been referred to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

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