Mr. F. E. Lennard (Wentworth):
Speaker, I rise for a moment this evening to oppose this bill. The cases both for anc against this bill have been brilliantly anc thoroughly put forward by other hon. members who have spoken this afternoon and thi: evening. I do not have the brilliance to present the situation in the capable way thos( hon. gentlemen did nor do I intend to resor to any repetition of the arguments.
It has been stated that capital punishmen and stiff sentences are not a deterrent. : take issue with that statement. If I may b< allowed some latitude in making a persona reference, I should like to speak about : personal recollection of an event that oc curred in the city of Hamilton some few year, ago. The late Magistrate Burbidge was thei in office. During his tenure of office we ha< several bank robberies without violence ii which the robbers were caught. He gave sue) severe sentences that there was not anothe bank robbery in Hamilton during the remain der of his term of office, if my memory serve me correctly.
I promised not to detain the house thi evening and so I shall make brief referenc to a statement I made last Sunday nigh during the course of a radio broadcast over Hamilton station. On that occasion I said:
Capital punishment is a deterrent and I ai against doing away with it. I feel that if capit; punishment were eliminated in this country would become a battleground for all the thug in our neighbouring countries. They could mov in here with their victims and do their slaughtei ing in Canada because what does a life sentenc mean? It means imprisonment for 10 to 12 to 1 years, and in some cases I have known them 1 be out in 8. Another thing which must alwa; be borne in mind is that our police forces woul have practically no protection whatever in goir about their duties, and a policeman is as dear 1
his family as anyone else is dear to theirs. It is all very well to show leniency but what about the victims?
I am against abolition. I would go so far as to substitute the gas chamber for the gallows but that is as far as I would go.
Mr. Speaker, that was the view I expressed the other evening and that is the view I hold tonight.