Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Calgary Sun Publishes My Letter

I sent a personal email to Licia Corbella on her editorial critical of the Harpocrites reversal on clemency and the death penalty for Canadians abroad. It may be one of the few things Licia and I agree on.

But since, as she wrote back, she had been swamped with letters critical of her stance she asked if she could publish it in the Calgary Sun. Here it is with adjoining letters in favour of capital punishment.

Letters: November 6

UPDATED: 2007-11-06 03:39:34 MST



It was disappointing to read Licia Corbella's point of view that Canada should seek clemency for a convicted killer facing the death penalty in the U.S. ("Death row inmate leaves PM unfazed," Nov. 3.) In this, I support Stephen Harper. When our citizens commit crimes on foreign soil, they do so knowing the legal system is different than at home. We owe them nothing other to try and ensure they get a reasonably fair trial, as defined by the country they are in. I am not a supporter of the death penalty, but this is not our business. The U.S. is a sovereign country with a reasonable justice system. How would you like the Texans to come to Canada and execute one of their fugitives because, according to their laws, that would be the thing to do? Harper and the government deserve praise for this, not condemnation.

Werner Harder

(Not to mention the killer could be paroled if he's returned.)



Maybe it's time for a referendum on capital punishment. I for one would vote in favour.

D. Gervais

(If ever there was a divisive issue, it is capital punishment.)


Excellent Nov. 3 editorial by Licia Corbella on capital punishment. I must say I am surprised since she seems such an avowed conservative, but I am pleased to see her stand on principle. Thanks for this clear-headed opposition to the Harper government's anti-democratic decision to abandon a long-standing Canadian policy to oppose capital punishment at home and abroad. It bodes ill.

Eugene Plawiuk

(Harper's government should make it clear whether it plans to reopen the debate on this issue.)

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