Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 14, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
42 - THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD - Wednesday, February 14, 1973 An outsider's vietv The capital punishment issue By JAY WALZ New York Times Service OTTAWA - When Canada's five-year moratorium on capital punishment expired last Dec. 31, many people raised doubts about its renewal. After prolonged and emotionally-charged debate, the issue is far from settled and the final vote in Parliament is uncertain. While the minority Liberal government supported extension - as another one had pushed through the original bill in 1967 - concern over crime, including recent killings in the streets, appeared to be pushing public opinion away from humanitarian sentiments. Despite the ban on hanging - except for the murder of policemen on duty and prison guards - there had been some increase in murder since 1967. On Jan. 4, nevertheless, Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau's solicitor general. Warren Allmond, introduced a bill to keep the moratorium in effect until 1977. About two-thirds of those who have spoken in the House of Commons favor abolition of the death penalty, and say their consciences dictate a vote for the bill. Others indicate that their consideration must be the will of their constituents. Tom Cossitt, a Conservative who represents an Ontario riding bordering New York state, told the Commons that 88 per cent of constituents answering a questionnaire on the issue favored restoring the death penalty. "I was elected to represent the people and that is exactly what I intend to do on this very important issue," he added. Like-minded members have cited a Gallup Poll of a year ago reporting that 63 per cent of Canadians questioned wanted capital punishment in some form. Countering this reasoning, Peter Reilly, a fledgling Conservative from Ottawa, urged his colleagues to vote "according to their consciences." He said he would. To many of his colleagues, a Conservative, Claude Wagner, one-time justice minister of Quebec, seemed to put the is- This Saturday In Weekend Magazine r In Weekend Magazine this Saturday, Marjorie Harris - who did a radio series on women's lib -- reports on the increasing number of women in small towns and villages who are getting involved in the movement. The report is based on letters received from feminists from coast to.coast. A companion article by Susan Carson tells about various women's lib leaders. Those Friendly Killers More and more aquariums are acquiring killer whales because they're intelligent, beautiful anfl friendly. Don't miss Jon McDermotr/s colorful photofeature. Jade Goes West In Vancouver, Canadians are carving jade cut by Canadians out of a Canadian mountain. Myrna The Teaching Aide An exciting new computer teaching aide at Mc-Master University is capable of simulating experiments done on animals. Small Fry's Delight Margo's recipes, some special health food recipes for cookie fans are: Fruit Squares, Wheat Germ Drop Cookies, Honey-Chocolate Chip Cookies, Honey-Nut Brownies, Fruit-Nut Chews, Carrot-Molasses Cookies, and Banana Cookies. The Fashionable Convertible A look at the stylish new jacket dress that's perfect for- the office and a night on the town in Weekend Magazine this Saturday. The Lethtoidge Herald sue realistically: "Members are caught this time between voting their consciences and voting their constituencies. They are also caught between elections." Since the government, controlling only 109 of 264 Common seats, could be defeated, and would then be ousted by an adverse vote on a crucial issue, an election might come soon. However, the Liberals are not entirely vulnerable because the vote, when it comes, will be free - that is, members are not under party discipline and may decide as they please. The outcome may be much closer than the 114-to-87 vote that brought the first moratorium into force. Canada has not executed anyone since 1962. All death sentences, including four imposed under the 1967 law, have been commuted by the cabinet. Both sides are quoting statistics on the effect of the death penalty on deterring crime, but those produced have not been conclusive. The solicitor general finally rested his case for extending the moratorium on the need for more information. Murders in Canada increased from 281 in 1967, or 1.6 for every 100,000 people - to 430 in 1970, the last year for which complete figures are available, or 2.3 per 100,000 - approximately the 1971 rate in Minnesota or New Hampshire. The 1970 figure included 40 victims of a fire started by an arsonist in a Quebec home for the aged. FARE HIKE QUEBEC (CP) - Bus fares in this city have been increased by 10 cents to 35 cents and tickets are on sale at credit unions at $3 for 10 tickets. 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