Or 12 years, as the hon. member from Newfoundland says. Do not let us be soft, Mr. Speaker. We are here as trustees for society. We are here to protect these happy little children that are running out of school, these innocent little girls who know nothing
of the dastardly things that have corrupted society and broken hearts down through the years.
Mr. Speaker, I would vote against my party if it was inclined to abolish any provision that I thought would be a deterrent against crime and would protect society in general. I am not unaware of the fact that there may have been doubts. Some of our most eminent lawyers, hard hearted as some of our people think they are but learned in the law, believe that every man is entitled to a fair trial. I know it almost breaks their hearts if they think that some man has gone to the gallows who was a near criminal, or who was near to committing a crime but there was not quite enough evidence to prove that he committed it. We all feel very keenly on that score where an innocent man might have been hanged. But down through the ages, in the old land and in this country, how many of those cases have there been?
Subtopic: REVISION OF PROVISIONS RESPECTING DEATH PENALTY