? asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw & Ethics · 9 years ago

Are there any exceptions to Canada's abolishing of the death penalty?

Such as killing the Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition, Prison Warden, Police Officer, Prison Guard etc.

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  • 9 years ago
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    No. Only exception is if the culprit is shot while trying to shoot at police or the PM.

    That has happened, so in THAT sense, it was automatic death penalty. I can believe if someone was seriously trying to do those crimes you mentioned, he could be shot on site by the equivalent of a SWAT team instantly, and justifiably so. The police and military are there to protect the PM, etc., and if there is a battle between police and a killer, the police's lives are counted more important than the culprit.

    In the court of law, if the culprit is caught alive, there is no death penalty; however, there is no leniency, way less chance or zero chance at any reduced sentence, maybe even find ways to keep in prison for the rest of the culprit's life.

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  • Matt
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    9 years ago

    No.

    "In 1976, capital punishment was removed from Canada's Criminal Code. After years of debate, Parliament decided that capital punishment was not an appropriate penalty. The reasons for this decision were due to the possibility of wrongful convictions, concerns about the state taking the lives of individuals, and uncertainty as to the effectiveness of the death penalty as a deterrent.

    Parliament replaced the death penalty for murder with a mandatory life sentence with no eligibility for parole for 25 years in the case of first-degree murder, and between 10 and 25 years for second-degree murder."

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