Respect for life

James Lunney is quoted as rejecting assisted suicide on the grounds that respect for life requires we don’t kill another human being.

In an article on “the right to die” (The NEWS, Nov. 25), our Member of Parliament, James Lunney, is quoted as rejecting assisted suicide on the grounds that “respect for life requires that we don’t intentionally kill another human being.”

Yet a few weeks ago, when the government proposed that Canada should take part in the military action against ISIL in Iraq, Lunney voted in favour of the measure. Since an inevitable consequence of war is the killing of human beings (including possibly some totally innocent civilians), it would seem that the honourable member’s principles are a little confused.

After all, if he considers it acceptable for us as a nation to “intentionally kill” our fellow humans in another country by dropping bombs on them, how can he insist that human life is so sacred that it must be endured at any cost, even by those who wish to die with dignity through assisted suicide?

Elizabeth MarslandQualicum Beach

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Residents speak out against proposed Parksville affordable housing development

Environment a primary concern; land is largely on a 200-year-old floodplain away from city centre

‘Epic sky palace’: Parksville businesses grant wish for young boy recovering from cancer

Eleven-year-old Kai Hennessey receives treehouse of his dreams

PQB crime report: RCMP on hunt for prowler, counterfeiters, car thieves

Police received 203 complaints the week of Dec. 29 to Jan. 4

Power lines cut as thieves strike Parksville veterinary hospital

‘Thankfully there weren’t any animals or staff in the clinic when this happened’

VIDEO: Nickelback gears up for nostalgia tour

Canadian band joins Stone Temple Pilots for a summer tour that includes just one stop in Canada

Province asks health-care staff to be ‘vigilant’ in screening for possible coronavirus cases

This comes after U.S. health officials confirmed a case of the virus in Washington State

Boy, 13, arrested after alleged assault involving girl at B.C. middle school

Boy alleged to have used ‘inappropriate levels of force’ to injure the girl

B.C. player becomes only second Canadian to enter Hall of Fame of Baseball

Walker received 76.6 percent of the Baseball Writers of America Association vote

PHOTOS: Heavy snowfall breaks window, causing avalanche into B.C. newsroom office

It was a chaotic start to the week for the Kitimat Northern Sentinel

Canadian law firm launches class action on behalf of Iran flight victims

Flight 752 was shot down by Iran shortly after take off

Mission Hill cellarman fired after mistakenly dumping $162K of wine down the drain

The former employee filed a grievance with the West Kelowna winery but was unsuccesful

Most Read