Langley-Aldergrove MP Mark Warawa was not permitted to speak about assisted dying in local hospices during a recent Fraser Health board meeting in Chilliwack. (Special to Black Press)

LETTER: ‘Keep your hands off our hospice’ – Attendee

Tamara Jansen takes offence to Jim Sinclair’s actions during a recent Fraser Health board meeting.

Dear Editor,

I recently attended a Fraser Health board meeting in Chilliwack held in a crowded, standing-room-only hotel meeting room.

With well over 100 concerned citizens in attendance, the NDP appointed president Jim Sinclair purposely snubbed our local MP Mark Warawa [Conservative Langley-Aldergrove Member of Parliament] sitting in the front row by refusing him a chance to speak on palliative care and their new mandate imposing euthanasia in our local hospice.

Following an impassioned speech from a young wife and mother diagnosed with terminal brain cancer pleading with Fraser Health to keep MAiD services out of hospice, the entire room leaped to their feet in a spontaneous standing ovation.

Everyone, that is, except the board.

Mr. Sinclair, still seated, condescendingly assured the audience that the issue is controversial but the federal government’s new legislation will be implemented in hospice.

He then went on to claim that Fraser Health is building the local Langley hospice facility.

No mention of the millions of dollars donated by generous Langley citizens.

No mention of the thousands of volunteer hours given by caring Langley residents.

Without so much as a second thought, he stole our hospice.

Well, Langley has a message for you Mr. Sinclair: This is not a totalitarian society and you don’t get to confiscate our property for your dirty deeds.

Keep your hands off our hospice!

Tamara Jansen, Langley – retired

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

Just Posted

Open houses discouraged as Chilliwack realtors look for a way forward

March saw strong sales but April likely to see lower numbers

Cookie’s Grill owners help Meals on Wheels keep rolling in Chilliwack

Colleen and Colin Connolly are working hard to get food to seniors and others in need of a good meal

Chilliwack hospital offers thank-you message to community

Chilliwack health-care workers say they have heard everyone’s support throughout COVID-19 pandemic

UPDATE: Vehicle crash leaves 1,200 Chilliwack BC Hydro customers in the dark

Motor vehicle incident involving power pole could leave Fairfield Island residents in dark until 7:30 p.m.

Organ donation gives Fraser Valley RCMP officer a second chance at life

Cathleen Falebrinza celebrates Green Shirt Day after receiving a double lung transplant in 2016.

COVID-19: 4 new deaths, 25 new cases but only in Vancouver Coastal, Fraser Health

A total of 1,291 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus

B.C. secures motel, hotel rooms for COVID-19 shelter space

Community centres, rooms reserved for pandemic self-isolation

Sanders drops 2020 bid, leaving Biden as likely nominee

Sanders plans to talk to his supporters later Wednesday

B.C. faith leaders, Horgan discuss need for virtual religious ceremonies

Leaders were open to providing other ways to celebrate during the pandemic

Emergency COVID-19 funding now available for children with special needs

Funding to be used to help support families through uncertain times of pandemic

Revenue dip needed to qualify for wage subsidy drops to 15% in March: Trudeau

Wage subsidy would over 75% of each employee’s salary for qualifying businesses

B.C. closes all provincial parks for COVID-19 protection

Easter weekend approaches, camping already closed

Air Canada says it will apply for wage subsidy to rehire workers after cutting 16,500 jobs

Air Canada said March revenues fell by more than 30 per cent year over year

Most Read