James Bredin

Rookie (1933 / Ennis Canada)

Assisted Suicide... Sep 27th, 2013 - Poem by James Bredin

The baby boomer generation is different than mine,
They are not so pleased and docile while standing in line,
They are soon coming face to face with assisted suicide,
That politicians and preachers avoid by a country mile.

Euthanasia legislation has been buried on waiting lists,
It’s the Ottawa aristocrats way to legally resist,
Nine times in twenty two years in various bureaucratic ways,
You didn’t know and no one told you or said much in those days.

Our aristocrats went through the motions but the opposition scored,
Bills allowed to expire or dropped when parliament was prorogued,
As on and on we went; going nowhere with assisted suicide debate,
Some went to Switzerland if they could afford it and were not too late.

The bishops and preachers in pulpits think this delay is great,
You commit a mortal sin if you want this legal debate,
So you better fall in line and do what you’ve been told
But Premier Kathleen Wynne does not like to fit this mould.

Sep 27th,2013

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Poem Submitted: Friday, September 27, 2013

Poem Edited: Monday, September 30, 2013

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