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]  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:
A) Following the formation of the federal Dominion of Canada on July 1, 1867, the death penalty was restricted to three general offences: murder, rape, and treason.
B) In 1950, an attempt was made to abolish capital punishment by Member of Parliament Ross Thatcher with his ‘Bill no. 2’.
C) In 1961, murder itself became ‘redefined’: Capital Murder included only planned or deliberate murder, murder during violent crimes, or the murder of a police officer or prison guard. All other murder was exempted from the death penalty.
D) Years passed, and a variety of ineffectual governments gradually hardened stances against Capital Punishment. But it wasn’t until the socialist Trudeau government that the commuting of sentences began, Bill C-168, which created a five year moratorium on the death penalty. Then, on July 14, 1976, Bill C-84 finished the job. 
My goodness, how those Trudeaus love to ruin a good country! But why was it that Canada and its citizenry went along with the cessation of execution of criminal wrongdoers? What were the underlying reasons that our fair land decided we oughtn’t ‘cull’ the evil doers from our midst?
Obviously there is the classic cliché of the innocent man condemned to death due to circumstantial evidence: the courtroom melodrama that invariably concludes with a breathless wait for a phone call from the Prime Minister (which of course never quite comes in time). Then, there is the argument posited by Victor Hugo, as outlined his novella The Last Day of a Condemned Man which basically states that the extreme mental turmoil of the damned man in his final hours outweighs any crime he may have been accused of. Then there is the fact that it allegedly costs more to execute a criminal than it does to incarcerate him for a lifetime. Or the fact that the victims of violent crime allegedly never truly feel compensated for their losses after the offender is eliminated. On and on we could go with this shopping list of excuses.
But more likely than any of these reasons is that we as a people have lost the will to make difficult, permanent, decisions. The sad truth is that we as a whole in Canada have become uncomfortable with the finality and the process of killing; we just can’t bring ourselves to contemplate the wet work anymore. Weak, insipid, ordinary Canadians cannot seem to think of a criminal act that would justify killing as a recourse anymore.
And it’s not just Canada, but almost every first-world nation that has become weak in the knees and pale before the spectre of death. Look at the cries of indignation caused by the botched execution of Clayton Lockett in Oklahoma on 2014/04/30.
Lockett, 38, was convicted of the killing of 19-year-old, Stephanie Neiman, in 1999. She was shot and buried alive. Lockett was also convicted of raping her friend in the violent home invasion [not to mention forcing her to bury her mortally injured friend] that led to Neiman’s death.
If it had been up to me, the execution would have looked like a scene from the movie Hellraiser, complete with chains, hooks and a bloody, rotating log in the middle of the room.  And yet Lockett was condemned to die by Lethal Injection, a generally innocuous and painless death (when compared to the suffering endured by his victim).
But because the execution took 45 minutes due to a sodium thiopental shortage (the amnesiac midazolam was used in its stead) and involved Lockett being left to die of a heart attack in the closed execution chamber by potassium chloride (a salt that accelerates the heart until it stops), the public at large was “outraged”. A lawyer was quoted as saying that Lockett had effectively been “tortured to death”. The media went wild, publishing sensational headlines alleging ‘cruel and unusual punishment’, ‘inhumanity’, and ‘injustice’. Public opinion seemed to reflect that people generally did not feel that Lockett (who had buried his terrified victim alive) was deserving of such harsh treatment. Society may be correct in this assumption (it’s not), that perhaps murderers, rapists and thieves do not warrant something so absolute as death for their crimes.
But how about the man sentenced to die immediately after Lockett on the ill-fated execution day, Charles Warner? We didn’t hear much about him, save for the fact that his execution was postponed, and that he had applied to have his execution suspended for six months afterwards (he succeeded). This was a man convicted of the rape and murder of an 11 month old child. Let me repeat this: he raped and murdered an eleven month old girl. 
Such an offender, I would argue, deserves to die. It’s a type of criminal that was perhaps unrecognized (or even defined) during the years of Capital Punishment abolition and social(ist) reforms. One that even the late, “great” Pierre Trudeau couldn’t sleaze people into forgiving. It’s a type of criminal that we now hear about ceaselessly in the news and one for whom almost nobody is sympathetic. Pedophiles need killing and they need it in the worst possible way. Any parent knows, in their heart of hearts, that I’m right.
Pedophiles target the weakest members of society. They are virtually unidentifiable from ordinary citizens . They cannot be reformed, influenced or cured . Unlike ordinary criminals, pedophiles cannot be rehabilitated by the prison system (if such a thing were even possible in an environment of concentrated criminality) or reintegrated into society without fear of ‘recidivism’ (going back to their old disgusting habits). Child predators are born with an alternative, warped sexual orientation that cannot be ‘fixed’ or redirected or erased. And it has been proven that imprisonment, contrary to popular belief, does not rehabilitate the child predator. Rather, it serves only to heighten his stealth, to hone his desire, and to make him a more formidable threat to innocent, unsuspecting children. And the so-called ‘treatments’, developed by psychologists over the years, come down to nothing more than the pedophile ‘learning to avoid acting on his impulses’. 
In recent times it seems like the media is inundated with news articles pertaining to these most vulgar, basest members of our society: pedophiles and child pornographers. With increasing frequency we hear of people caught either secretly making and distributing child pornography or covertly purchasing and possessing it. It occurs now with such frequency that the topic seems almost tawdry, almost morally tepid. And sometimes, it seems, it is presented as just that.
Like the time it was proposed pedophiles were not unlike homosexuals in their “normalcy”. The American Psychological Association was the focus of public indignation when, in an edition of its distinguished ‘Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders’, it labelled pedophilia a “sexual orientation” in October 2013. Psychologists, it seemed, were beginning to tread a path formerly reserved only for LGBT activists. It was a statement later retracted with an apology. Pedophilia, they corrected, was now to be labelled a “sexual interest”. 
To illustrate how prolific pedophiles are today we need only look to a news article from March 18, 2014.  A major child pornography ring with some 70,000 members was broken in a ‘coordinated strike’ resulting in the arrest of 184 people worldwide and the emancipation of 251 abused children. The ages of the children ranged from age 3 to 17 years.  The seized content of the web ring was allegedly “40 terabytes. It was five times the size of all the information stored by the Library of Congress”, stated Dan Ragsdale, deputy director for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In the aftermath of “Operation Round Table”, as it came to be called, Europol director Rob Wainwright was quoted as saying “the ring, which communicated using an Internet forum, was probably the largest online pedophile network in the world.”
“Probably”, says Wainwright. This of course implies that there is a likelihood that many other smaller ‘rings’ online or perhaps even equivalently sized or larger rings that exist undetected. What he is really saying is that law enforcement agencies have little certainty regarding the existence of online predators, and, based on the aftermath, limited means of pursuing them in a timely manner. “The underground website was a hidden service board on the ‘Tor’ network and operated from about June 2012 until June 2013”.  Let us recall that it wasn’t until March 18, 2014 that the group was finally exposed and broken.
I would argue that those found guilty of having exploited and abused children for sexual purposes are undeserving of societal mercy. I feel that the offenders involved should not be imprisoned, but rather, should be put to death. By hanging. It is my opinion that the protection of the innocent necessitates swift, decisive action with unashamed severity.
I am not alone in this belief. On the website ‘A Circle Of Moms’, approximately 40 women argued that pedophiles ought to be sterilized or executed.  One woman stated, “I would be happy to be on the firing squad that sends all pedophiles back to their maker”. An Angus Reid survey released on Wed, 20 Mar, 2013, suggests that 63% of Canadians support the idea bringing back the death penalty. “In particular, Canadians believe capital punishment would be a deterrent to potential murders and that would save taxpayers the costs associated with keeping our most notorious prisoners locked up”. 
We don’t need more ‘circles of support’ or psychological treatment for arrested pedophiles. We don’t need excuses or pardons or ankle transmitters or short jail sentences in pleasure prisons for child predators. What we need are permanent measures and a painful, irrevocable punishment that will dissuade those who would exploit and abuse children for sexual purposes. Add in the deviants found in possession or involved in the distribution of child pornography for good measure and we’re starting to get somewhere.
Let us reconsider the long extinct death penalty in tribute to the pedophiles and child predators. It will be the thin end of the wedge for the reconstruction of capital punishment in Canada, no doubt. But this is perhaps not such a bad thing when it comes to protecting the vulnerable and to upholding societal moral standards.
I think perhaps Charles Davidson said it best when he wrote:
The main purpose of the death penalty is not justice, or retribution or deterrence. It is [the] protection of society. It is about making sure that the killer does not kill again.” 
I would expand this to include: it is about making sure that the pedophile does not corrupt or defile again.