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Mr. Boisvenu’s comments came as he defended the government’s C-10 crime-fighting omnibus legislation with reporters before a meeting of the Conservative caucus. He said he did not wish to reopen the debate on the death penalty, but added he didn’t mind if murderers end up killing themselves.
“Each assassin should have the right to a rope in his cell to make a decision about his or her life,” he said.
He added he still has questions about the fate of serial killers and those without any hope of rehabilitation in the Canadian jail system.
“I’m against the death penalty, but in horrible cases such as [serial killer Clifford] Olson, can we have a reflection on that issue?” the senator said.
A Quebec man has filed a criminal complaint against Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu for a comment he believes could incite suicide.
But what the Senator said this week was wrong.
He later apologized but it is impossible to take back words.
It hits a primal nerve when someone suggests that convicted killers should be given rope to hang themselves.
Some might cheer but we cannot lower ourselves to meting out vigilante frontier-style justice.