Debates of the Senate  
1st Session, 42st Parliament, Volume 150, Issue 46
  Thursday, June 9, 2016
 
Question to Senator Batters on Bill C-14

Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck: Thank you, Senator Batters. You were asking some of the questions that were in my mind as well.

Both of us are from Saskatchewan. I know that you know as well that psychiatrists are in great demand. There are probably not enough psychiatrists to serve our province, particularly in northern Saskatchewan. Would you consider that there could be someone other than a psychiatrist who could confirm that the person was mentally competent? For instance, you mentioned psychologists. Would there be any other professional people that you might consider could replace the psychiatrist in that kind of capacity?

Senator Batters: Unfortunately, I know all too well the need for more mental health care and more psychiatrists throughout our country and in Saskatchewan as well. That's why I asked about the possibility of a psychologist.

I do agree that those types of assessments are necessary to make sure that somebody is properly consenting. I just want to make sure that people are receiving the care that they need and that the strictest safeguards are in place for a procedure that has no do- over. This needs to be done correctly, but I also want to make sure that, for people who need the help, this is what they actually want and not because they are dealing with a mental health condition that might be giving them tunnel vision because they are really not sure what they want. I want to make sure there is proper access. At the same time, I think that we don't want to make it extremely wide open. We want to make sure that there are the strictest safeguards possible.

The Hon. the Speaker: Senator Batters, will you take another question?

Senator Batters: Yes.