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One of the more controversial issues these days is the death penalty and it does come up more than once in a while Over the course of this assignment I will tell you about the Death penalty in Canada and in other countries around the world and why it should be abolished from the face of the planet forever Since 1892 the penalty for murdering anyone was Death usually by hanging Other offenses which were susceptible to hanging was rape treason and mutiny the latter two used only in militia But as our country grew and matured so did its views on the death penalty The first act against the death penalty was in 1954 when the federal government removed rape from the roster of capital punishments Tension on the subject continued to mount between 1954 and 1963 but a more limiting decision was made in 1966 In 1966 the government passed a bill which read that the death penalty may only be issued to those who have killed a prison guard or on Duty police officerThen in 1976 a free vote in the house of commons abolished the Death penalty almost completely from Canada with the exception of the military offenses treason and mutiny All prisoners on death row were given a life sentence with no possibility of parole for 25 years However no offenses have been made to this very day and in 1998 those two offenses treason and mutiny were no longer punishable by death The Death penalty in Canada was finally gone Now there are two schools of thought as far as the death penalty goes and both present some compelling arguments Some pro-death penalty observers stated that it is actually cost efficient to give people the capital punishment It costs 50000-100000 to build the cell and an average of 25000 to support the criminal for life An argument I dot quite agree with is the rehabilitation is uncertain and
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