May 23, 1961 (24th Parliament, 4th Session)

PC

William Earl Rowe

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Rowe:

My hon. friend says "enough". May I say that from my childhood I can remember scores of little girls who have been raped and murdered, little boys who have been murdered, mothers who have been murdered and clerks who have been shot. I think of the thousands of better men than we are who tonight sleep in Flanders fields as a result of meeting death in the first great war and of the thousands who are buried in the English channel as a result of the second great war. Those men died for fundamental principles. If two or three who were near crime were hanged but probably should not have been hanged, if they were a deterrent in order to save society in general, I think they died in a good cause.
I am not going to pursue this matter, Mr. Speaker. I was not in the house this morning, but I heard that the Minister of Justice (Mr. Fulton) gave a brilliant explanation, as usual, of this bill. The Minister of Justice is most capable of doing this.
Perhaps I am not as familiar with this matter, being a layman, as I might have been had I been a lawyer, but it would not have changed my sentiment at heart: we are here to protect society; we are not here to protect the criminal.
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Topic:   CRIMINAL CODE
Subtopic:   REVISION OF PROVISIONS RESPECTING DEATH PENALTY
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