I’m against the death penalty… I just want to kill that guy.

It’s the death penalty, but DIY style! From The Globe and Mail:

“Each assassin should have the right to a rope in his cell to make a decision about his or her life,” senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu told reporters ahead of a meeting of the Conservative caucus on Wednesday.

“I’m against the death penalty, but in horrible cases such as [serial killer Clifford] Olson, can we have a reflection on that issue?” said the senator who was appointed to the Upper Chamber by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2009.

It’s kind of funny that a member of our unelected senate would complain about government institutions that cost more than they’re worth. It’s not really funny that such a callous, vindictive man would have an official role in the process of “sober second thought“.

Couple this outburst with the recent serious deliberation about whether we should replace the beaver with the polar bear as our national animal (really, it happened) and maybe we’ll be that much closer to replacing this un-democratic institution.

Jonathan McLeod

Jonathan McLeod is a writer living in Ottawa, Ontario. (That means Canada.) He spends too much time following local politics and writing about zoning issues. Follow him on Twitter.

One Comment

  1. Given the propaganda that could choke a seal these days, i wonder why this wasn’t spun with the “toxic sugar” story that is sliming its way through the social psyche… Instead of ropes, we should gives these convicted killers unrestricted free access to the white stuff, that is, sugar. Given the propaganda, these lost souls will die protracted and painful, entirely avoidable deaths… seems like good enough punishment, if you’re a propaganda cow, chewing on your propaganda cud.

    What is ACTUALLY happening is a series of unannounced and clandestine public polls most of which are probably commissioned in boiler rooms by our leaders-that-ought-to-actually-be. I’m sorry for your loss Boisvenu, truly sad… however, when a professional such as him can’t separate
    emotion from logic and work from home, i question his fitness to do his job, irregardless of apologies or cognizance of his mistake. He is emotionally compromised and lacks the integrity (no fault of his own) to carry out the requirements of his position and he should be relieved of his duty and replaced by someone with integrity intact.

    To Harper and our other leaders-asleep-on-the-pot, DO YOUR JOBS AS PROFESSIONALS, NOT SCOUNDRELS. If you want to know how Canadians feel ask us, don’t manipulate us and marginalize us. A time is FAST APPROACHING where Canadians will unite and tell their ‘leaders’ the quality of life and ethical standards in this country will not fall any lower, will not sink to new depths. We will collectively draw a line in the sand, and we will expect our leadership to listen…. OR…. we will rewrite THEIR laws to incarcerate THEM.

    LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE; don’t manipulate and hurt, or your actions will come home to roost.

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