North Western Winds

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Harper’s capital mistake

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This is the dumbest thing the Tories have done since winning their current minority government.

It is simply wrong to rely on courts to achieve a high enough standard of justice to warrant the taking of a human life.

It is logically inconsistent to hold that our courts should not have the right to apply the death penalty, but others do. Canadians will rightly draw the conclusion that what’s coming next is a death penalty debate in Canada. I don’t think Canadians will want any part of this idea, and they will thrash a party that tries to foist it on them.  The recent Ontario election seems a likely model.

What’s more, this abrupt course change can be used by the opposition parties as ammunition against the Tories’ omnibus crime bill, a bill the Tories have been daring the opposition to bring down the government over. That’s been a good tactic, one that I don’t expect the opposition to take. With this action, however, that bill can now be cast in a new light. And it does not flatter the Tories.

If anything has been missing from this government, keeping it from being able to seek an election with some degree of confidence that it will gain seats – and possibly even a majority in the house – it has been a lack of statesmanship. It’s not that statesmanship has been entirely lacking, but magnanimity and generosity have not been on display in quantities large enough to sway a leery voter.

I can’t see the upside of this in any way. 

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Written by Curt

November 2, 2007 at 6:59 pm

2 Responses

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  1. Completely off topic, but I haven’t been here in a while and you’re still the caring, careful, articulate, insightful writer I expect to read when I come here.

    Your leftist heretic fan,

    Jordan

    Jordan Stratford

    November 23, 2007 at 6:18 pm

  2. Aww, shucks.

    Curt

    December 8, 2007 at 6:37 pm


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