No to the death penalty
I don't know about you, but I was very surprised to hear that an Angus Reid poll finds 63% of Canadians are in favor of re-instating the death penalty.
Surprised and disappointed.
57 countries around the world still use this horrible practice. Most states in America also use capital punishment.
I understand the argument; 'What if someone you cared about was killed by someone? Don't they deserve to die?" That's a big part of the issue. Who decides who dies and who does not?
Another part of the problem for me is wrongfully executing someone. It's happened and more than once. How would you feel if you were on death row but innocent? How would you feel then?
And then there's the financial argument. Supporters of the death penalty say they don't want their taxes supporting a prisoner for the rest of their life.
But what about the cost of appeal after appeal after appeal?
The death penalty was abolished in Canada in the 1970's. And that's the way it should stay.