November 22, 1967 (27th Parliament, 2nd Session)

PC

Maclyn (Mac) Thomas McCutcheon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Mac T. McCulcheon (Lamblon-Kent):

Mr. Speaker, a year and a half ago I supported the amendment of the hon. member for Rosedale (Mr. Macdonald). I suppose therefore I might be classed as an abolitionist. However, I must point out that I cannot support this bill in its present form. I cannot make a value judgment on human life. When the Prime Minister (Mr. Pearson) suggested in his remarks the other night that those who voted for retention were mental barbarians, I think he was cynically imputing unfair motives to many of us who feel we must vote against this bill in its present form. I say to the Solicitor General (Mr. Pennell): Make it total abolition and I will support it.

Topic:   CRIMINAL CODE
Subtopic:   AMENDMENTS RESPECTING DEATH SENTENCE AND LIFE IMPRISONMENT
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