To my astonishment a recent survey reveals that 61 per cent of Canadians favour restoring capital punishment. Thirty-four per cent are opposed.

These figures are hard to believe.  Canada abolished capital punishment in 1976.

The main argument for the death penalty is that it is a deterrent.  If that were true it would make sense to televise executions in living colour.  But it is not true.

Also it costs millions of dollars to keep an inmate in jail without parole.

Should Canada restore capital punishment.

What do you think?


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    We should not restore capital punishment for numerous reasons, an important one of which is that there have been several cases in recent years of people who were found guilty at first and later cleared.
    I would be interested in seeing how the cost per inmate was calculated. I would guess that the cost includes most of the cost for the whole civil service mechanism involved.
    We should be spending far more on rehabilitation and education for convicts, and we should be finding ways to punish people which did not include prison.

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    Maybe we should relieve ourselves of the burden of warehousing the likes of Paul Bernardo and that pig farmer, and those heinous criminals where there is no doubt about guilt. And how about those drunk drivers who have 21 convictions and finally kill an innocent?
    How about those paedophiles with numerous convictions?
    I don’t think that certain kinds of criminals can be rehabilitated and they are a burden on society. “Off with their heads!”

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    Dame Janus Says:

    I don’t know why you find that astonishing, Neil. The Canadian government went against the direct wishes of the people when it abolished capital punishment. The people didn’t want it gone, they just wanted it fine-tuned.

    And I don’t know where you got the idea that the main arguement for it was that it was a deterrent. It’s not. And it never was. What it is, however, is a specific remedy for specific cases.

    Yes, bring it back. And the sooner the better.

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    imagenmots Says:

    2 out of 3 for the death penalty, that is pretty close to the survey Neil mentions. I don’t think that it’s a wise choice nor a human one. But then, the country is going conservative it seems And the death penalty is a conservative measure.
    We will end up in the U.S. should we keep that up.

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    Hi Neil, We just downloaded your novel.
    Yeah for Kindle!
    I’ve had a murder mystery in my head since 1977. I just need to spill it all out. Please tell me, did you publish it?

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    Neil McKenty Says:

    Yes, patti, The Other Key was published by Price-Patterson.

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    Jim Says:

    littlepatti – Re getting published – A friend of ours Louise Penny, who is on the New York Times best sellers list, has a tract on her blog (, about how she went about getting published which may be of some help to you.

    Regarding capitol punishment, it has now been revealed in the US that the FBI has known for decades that their forensic laboratory has been faulty. Hundreds have been executed or jailed for years based on introducing faulty evidence. They never told the victims about these errors and neither did the prosecutors notify the defence lawyers. How many were executed because of capital punishment?

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    bluemoosebicycle Says:

    Hi Littlepatti,
    I helped Neil publish his detective novel as an ebook – I could help you too, if you want with your publishing project. visit my website at Cheers!

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    Many thanks for your advice. I’ve taken notes, now all I need is a “nudge” (or something) to get it all out on paper. Murder, mayhem, intrigue, glamour, deception, and a Montreal back drop. 🙂

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