In early June, Thomas Hartle, a 52-year-old father of four from Saskatoon, who has been living with terminal cancer since 2016, sent a private video message to Patty Hajdu, Canada’s Minister of Health.

“People like myself are facing very real, very concrete, mental health issues,” he says in the video, which he shared with the National Post. “These are mental health issues and anxieties and depression that we feel could be addressed as easily as the stroke of a pen for you.”

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