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On December 11, 1962 Canada as a nation witnessed the last sentence of Capital Punishment carried out. Ronald Turpin and Arthur Lucas, filthy murderers both, were hanged for two unrelated killings in Toronto. The last male duo to ‘dance on a rope’ in Canada, subsequent death sentences were from this date onwards “commuted” (transmogrified into lesser penalties). Before the hanging, Turpin and Lucas were told that they would likely be the last men hanged in Canada, to which Turpin responded, “Some consolation.” [LOL] [1] The justice system, it seemed, had lost enthusiasm for killing, and thereby shied from doing it any further.

The process of scaling back and eradication of the death penalty took decades. Let us look to Wikipedia for a moment for a simplified timeline:

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