Today Toronto city councillor Giorgio Mammoliti said he's calling for the return of capital punishment in Toronto as a deterrent for violent crime.
In the wake of the Eaton Centre shooting Mammoliti said, "As Canadians and Torontonians, we should feel safe in our cities," he said in a release. "We need to send a message to those who would commit these heinous crimes and make capital punishment a true consequence for the most horrendous acts of violence committed by murderers, pedophiles and sociopaths."
He added, "“I expect every bleeding heart in Canada to be writing to me and telling me how awful I am for suggesting it... Maybe we get smart as a society and start dealing with this instead of being the bleeding hearts that we’ve been all these years and helped create these monsters by being the bleeding hearts that we are.”
The death penalty has been banned in Canada since 1976 when Bill C-84 passed with a narrow margin. After the ban those who commit capital murder receive a mandatory life sentence without eligibility for parole until the person has served 25 years of the sentence.
It may appear that murder and violence is on an up-swing since capital punishment was shelved in Canada. The truth is that in general the murder rate has declined since the 1970s. Still national surveys throughout the decades since the death penalty was removed from Canada show over 50 percent of the population would like to see capital punishment back.
In Canada being sentenced to death in the past meant that the doomed would face the gallows. The last two people executed in the nation were Ronald Turpin and Arthur Lucas in Toronto at Don Jail's indoor execution facility in 1962.