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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 11, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 30 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD Wedneiday, April 11, 1973 MPs to vote Wednesday Opinion on death penalty alters By CAROL KENNEDY Canadian Press (Staff Writer Evidence of an opinion swing back to capital punishment for at least specific types of mur- der and other crimes, notably aircraft hijacking, has surfaced in several Western countries recently. In the United States, Presi- dent Nixon advocates its return as part of a get-tough policy on crime. Canadian opinion also has shown a reluctance to abolish the death penalty once and for all, with the trial abolition pe- riod merely being extended an- other two years. In Britain, where capital pun- for high trea- ST. AUGUSTINE'S PARISH GUILD AUCTION SALE at the CHURCH HALL CORNER 4th AVE. and llth ST. S., LETHBRIDGE Friday, April 13th at p.m. TERMS CASH NO RESERVE on offer a good choice of 9 Home Furnishings Dishes Appliances Plus other useful items SALE CONDUCTED BY HUR.LBURT AUCTION SERVICE LTD. abolished in 19C9 after a five-year trial, the whole de- bate is raging again with a strong Conservative party lobby pressing for its restoration for certain types of murder. A free vote on the issue, when Mi's are liberated from party t'G'j to vote according to con- science, is scheduled for Wednesday. CLOjSER. VOTE SEEN The result is expected to be I far closer than in 1959, when the abolitionists had a majority of 158. Some observers guess that i the abolitionists' majority may be as low as 30 this time, when the vote will decide merely whether to allow a private member's bill to go forwbrd, aimed at restoring the death penalty for murder by shooting I or explosives, or for killing po- lice or prison officers. Six members of the present British cabinet voted for the retention of hanging in 1969, al- though Home Secretary Robert Carr and Prime Minister Ed- Heath are both abolition- ists. Can- says he isn't a "moral abolitionist" but simply is not convinced the death penalty is a real deterrent. While other crimes of violence rise in Brit- ain. Carr notes, the murder rate since abolition has re- mained virtually the same. Although pro-hanging opinion iin Britain may have been strengthened by Northern Ire- land terrorist activity, the gov- ernment takes the line that cap- ital punishment would more likely produce martyrs than de- ter would-be bombers and sni- pers. Hanging still is techni- cally legal in Northern Ireland anyway. KJULER REPRIEVED .Significantly, Northern Ire- land Secretary William White- law did not even wait for this week's vote before reprieving an Ulster Protestant extremist sentenced to be hanged April 25 for Wiling a policeman. On a worldwide scale, aboli- tionists are making little or no progress. Since 1945, only eight countries have abolished the death penalty and many coun- tries now are using it for lesser crimes than murder. A United Nations report recently found that for every UN member state committed to abolition, three still believe in execution, as a last re- sort. With terrorist and guer- rilla activity on the increase, societies are tending to revert to the idea of retributive jus- tice, the report found. Even where the ultimate sanction is rarely, if ever, used, it seems that society finds it re- assuring to have it in reserve. Streaming lava New lava streams from Kirkju (Church) Mountain, a two-month-old volcano on Iceland's Heymaey Island, and buries houses in its path as it flows into town in this recent view. The island's population ouated in February when the volcano of was eva- erupted. THURS. 9 A.M.-9 P.M., FRI. 9 A.M.-9 P.M., SAT. 9 A.M LOCATION: OWEN DISTRIBUTING LTD. WAREHOUSE 1216 1st Avs, S. (look for CJOC Trailer) THRU SPECIAL PURCHASING POWER WE CAN SAVE YOU All SALES CASH Medicine Hat College Medicine Hal, Alfaeria 'wil'h IrotitcTipu, references, ;