Sunday, November 04, 2007

Crossed Wires On The Death Penalty

Of all the statements made by this thug government on the death penalty issue, the one I find most odious is this one uttered by the PM himself.
"The reality of this particular case is that were we to intervene, it would very quickly become a question of whether we are prepared to repatriate a double-murderer to Canada. In light of this government's strong initiatives on tackling violent crime, I think that would send the wrong signal to the Canadian population."
Wrong signal? That we take care of our own? That we clean up our own messes? That we don't believe in capital punishment and are willing to pay a price for that belief? It's not like we are going to bring this guy home and give him a job in the Prime Minister's Office. He would end up in maximum security for the rest of his life. The only signal I get from the PM is it is cheaper to let the Americans execute one of our citizens than to take him on as our responsibility. Talk about wrong signals.
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  1. Canadians have also been sent the signal that if they or their friends or relatives get into trouble abroad they may or may not get support from this government--it will all depend on a "Safety" Minister who believes that his own fundamentalist moral views are a substitute for policy.

    On the other hand, I'm sure Governor Harper's base is happy.

  2. I disagree with you (of course), but, for what it's worth, the National Post doesn't.

  3. I think stating that any murder is wrong, even the murder of scum like Ronald Smith, sends a clearer signal than the latest bit of Moral Relativism that the CPC has indulged in.

    I guess a human life is only worth something when it fits nicely into the CPC and Stock's world view. Everyone else be damned.

  4. Ben, the fact the National Post and I agree on this, should give the government pause.