I should like to support the remarks made by the hon. member for Lake Centre and the hon. member for Selkirk, because I think their stand was well taken. I am glad to note that the minister was in agreement with what they said.
There is one matter which I should like to bring to the attention of the minister, namely the provision of central places of execution. I know this matter is probably one of provincial concern but to the members of the committee studying the Criminal Code I believe representations were made that central places of execution should be set up in the various provinces.
In the part of the country in which I live an execution was carried out at the local prison in December, 1951. It was an extremely regrettable situation as far as the whole community was concerned. The town council, meeting in session that evening, passed a strong resolution condemning the present
system and urging that central places of execution be set up. I think that suggestion should be seriously considered. It is something which concerns the people in every community, particularly those in rural parts of Canada where situations arise such as that to which I have referred. Everyone, I feel, is concerned about this matter, and it is a most undesirable situation, particularly for our younger generation across this country. It was pointed out editorially by the Simcoe Reformer, a prominent newspaper in that section of the country, that a central point of execution should definitely be set up in order that communities would be spared the harrowing experiences that result from these executions that take place in the local gaols.
I feel strongly on this point, Mr. Chairman. I know it is a feeling that exists in all rural areas. I trust that the minister will use his influence to see whether this situation can be changed. I know it would meet with general approval if something could be done in the matter.
Topic: DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE