|For their kindness, the two young men were
repaid by shots in the back of their heads by Smith.
During his judge-alone trial, Smith admitted: "I wanted
to find out what it would be like to kill somebody."
Clearly, Smith, now 50, is a cold-blooded double
Later, during appeals of his death sentence, Smith has
argued that he only made that shocking admission to spare
himself a lengthy time behind bars and get the death
penalty. Then he spent years appealing his death sentence.
It doesn't make much sense.
But that too should be immaterial.
Canada is a country that opposes the death penalty.
Now, with no debate, the minority federal Conservative
government has changed decades of Canadian foreign policy to
stop seeking clemency for Canadians facing the death penalty
in other countries.
Asked about his government's about face on protecting a
Canadian from the death penalty, Prime Minister Stephen
Harper said seeking clemency for Smith would run counter to
his government's tough stance on crime.
In other words, Harper is comfortable with reversing
decades of democratic Canadian procedure while in a minority
position, but isn't comfortable being at odds with party
How's that for a killer of logic not to mention Canadian
It's also bad politics for the Tories, who have been
portrayed with having a scary "hidden agenda" that they will
roll out should they ever win a majority.
Yes, Smith is a monster. But Canadians decided long ago
that capital punishment is an even bigger monster.