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Capital punishment can be defined as the execution of a criminal pursuant to a sentence of death imposed by a competent court There are many different views both for and against the death penalty in Canada Some people argue for it citing the expense of keeping murderers alive for years and years while others argue against it saying that it makes us no better than those we aim to punish In 1976 capital punishment was banned in Canada This essay plans to investigate the pros and cons of the death penalty debate in Canada Is it time to reinstate the death penalty Since the death penalty was abolished in 1976 the debate over whether or not life sentencing is a good idea has been rising Some feel that an eye for and eye isn t the proper way of doing things because it s morally wrong However since life sentencing took over polls have shown that 70 percent of Canadians are in support of the death penalty for certain levels of crime such as serial murderers In 1967 the Liberal Party of Canada who was in power at the time passed a bill stating that no person shall die for their crimes unless the crime is murder of a peace officer The bill was originally passed for a five year trial period but was extended in 1973 and finally passed in 1976 To us life sentencing poses an important question That is is it really worth sentencing someone to life in prison with no chance for parole What we mean is are the cost and possible over-crowding of prisons worth it for someone who will never again be a productive member of society Not to sound heartless but it would be a lot more economical to execute those sentenced to life without parole Hundreds of thousands of Canadian tax dollars are not being spent on social programs like healthcare and education are not being spent
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