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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 15, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Monday, OctoMr 15, 1979 int LCinomwuc ncnAuu a Question still hanging .MPs face delicate quandry Capital punishment still a dilemma By KEN POLE OTTAWA (CP) Rene Vaillancourt, a slightly-built Montrealer, became a "some- body" in February when he killed a Toronto policeman in the course of a bank robbery. Vaillancourt, 28, when sen- tenced to death two weeks ago, became the leading character in the latest chapter of Canada's continuing capital-punishment controver- sy. Parliament resumes Mon- day, and the main trust of ear- ly Commons debate will in- clude the death penalty as MPs try again to decide on reinstatement of a partial ban on hanging. The issue is whether to ex- tend the five-year moratorium on capital punish- ment for all but the killers of on-duty policemen or prison guards. The previous ban, in- troduced late in 1967, expired at the end of 1972 and the old law that premeditated murder is punishable by death has been back in force since then. But all murder sentences since 1962 have been com- muted to life imprisonment, and this practice undoubtedly will be continued until the House makes its decision. A vote against the bill that has been before the Commons since January would be a vote for retention of hanging be- cause, if the proposed Criminal Code amendment is defeated, pre-1967 law stay_s in effect. TWO MEN HANGED The last persons hanged in Canada were two men at To- ronto's Don Jail in 1962. Since those hangings there have been 47 commutations. At present, there are three men under sentence of death in Ca- CAREER YOUR FUTURE IS HERE INFORMAT >4lbcrra GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA ON OFFICER Department of Executive Council, Edmonton. The Bureau of Public Affairs requires an Information Officer to compile material and prepare, write and edit for speeches, articles, reports, feature articles in the field of health and social development. Senior matriculation supplemented by courses in jour- nalism and considerable experience related to the mass media. Salary (Subject to 6% increase January 1, Closes October 24 1973. Competition Number 0611-6. APPLY: GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA PERSONNEL ADMINISTRATION OFFICE MAIN FLOOR, CENTENNIAL BUILDING 10015 103 AVENUE, T5J OH4 OR: ROOM 500 TERRACE BUILDING EDMONTON, ALBERTA T5K 2C1 The 1975 Canada Winter Games Society Requires a Services Co-ordinator Responsibilities to include: 1. Supervision of Services. This will include such areas as: Transportation, Food Services, Vehicular Control, and Stock Control. 2. Supervision of Communications. 3. Liason with other aspects and Committees related to the 75 Games. QUALIFICATIONS: The successful applicant will have several years ex- perience in Logistics, Transportation Planning, Com- munications and related work. SALARY: Commensurate with experience and will be negotiated. APPLICATION FORMS: An AviilibM from UN: CmUi BMM Offlci- P.O. tn 1975 Atom nadian prisons, including Vaillancourt, whose sentence is subject to automatic appeal. The others are Real Chart- rand, another 28-year-old Montrealer, and Gary John McNamara, 21, of Orillia, Ont. Chartrand, sentenced to hang last April, shot a policeman after a credit union holdup in the Montreal suburb of Ste. Therese. McNamara, being held at Hahey, B.C., was sentenced to death last November after he was found guilty of killing a prison guard during an attempted escape in June, 1972, from a jail in Alex- is, B.C. The death penalty has been a Commons issue since 1966 and the subsequent 7Vz years have been turbulent for MPs. The 1966 debate was on a motion to abolish capital punishment and it was defeated 143 to 112. MET WITH APPROVAL. Eighteen months later, Prime Minister Lester Pear- son's Liberal government brought in a bill to abolish hanging and the first five-year partial moratorium was approved 105 to 70. Second reading of the bill now before the House, approval in principle, carried 138 to 114 in May and the third- reading vote, the last step before Senate approval and royal assent, could be even closer. Before the third-reading vote, however, two other amendments have to be dealt with during the report stage of the bill. These have been approved by the justice com- mittee. One, by Albanie Morin suggests the rope for rapists or kidnappers who kill their victim. The other, by Allan Lawrence (PC Northumberland- calls for execution of second-time murderers or aircraft hijackers who kill. BEFORE HOUSE NOW Mr. Morin's is before the House now while Mr. Law- rence's has yet to be dis- cussed. Mr. Lawrence is a former Ontario justice secretary. The vote on the main bill is to be free of party ties. Solicitor-General Warren Allmand, obviously against capital punishment as is Prime Minister Trudeau, says restoration of the rope is a retrograde step for civilization. "How does this protect he asked in an im- passioned Commons speech before the House rose for the summer. He said society should drop its eye-for-an-eye outlook and, get at the root of the the social backgrounds that result in murder. AFTER 7O YEARS...STILL CANADA'S GREATEST SALE EVENT FAMOUS A HUGE SELECTION OF OUTSTANDING VALUES "TWO FOR MANUFACTURER'S LIST PRICE OF ONE PLUS A PENNY" AS WELL AS LOW LOW PRICES ON "BONUS BUYS" (NOT 2 FOR MFRS. LIST PRICE OF ONE PLUS 10) SUPER DRY ANTI- PERSPIRANT DEODORANT 6OZ. MFRS. LIST PRICE NOW HERBAL Shampoo WITH PROTEIN toft of and wild flower it like a tummvr't day. 12FL. OZ. 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