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The issue of capital punishment cannot simply be summed up in a few paragraphs it is antopic of great debate over both the issue of deterrence and of conscience There are few matterswhich stir such heated debate there are both abolitionists and retentionists there are also those inthe middle the people who can discern legitimacy from each group Each group has a set ofbeliefs which do apply to this matter perhaps some groups subscribe to the old testament and itsinjunction an eye for an eye tooth for a tooth The law of Moses The Old Testament orpossibly some simply view capital punishment as legalized homicide whatever the case may beone must put aside personal beliefs and attempt to comprehend the facts and statistics of this issueCapital punishment in Canada effectively ended on December 10 1962 with the doublehanging of Arthur Lucas and Ronald Turpin in the Don Jail in Toronto Anderson 78-79 Afterthese executions the government began to commute all death sentences to life sentences Then in1976 a bill was introduced by the liberal government abolishing the death penalty which passedby a narrow margin of 130 to 124 Chandler 199 This legislation saw murder divided intoeither first or second degree homicide similar to the method our current day legal system uses asa definition Later in the 1980s the Canadian public began to feel that perhaps once again thedeath penalty should be a part of the legal system There were several reasons that the Canadianpublic felt this way one such reason was the publics perception that the vote in 1976 was not atrue free vote secondly 1984 saw a dramatic increase in the murder of police officers whichdoubled from the previous year All of these concerns and events culminated into another vote inthe House of Commons this vote took place on June 30 1987 and was a motion to accept inprinciple the restoration of the death penalty this motion was defeated
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