So, let's get this straight. Harper believes that the death sentence is appropriate in some cases. He said so.
"The reality of this particular case is that were we to intervene, it would very quickly become a question of whether we are prepared to repatriate a double-murderer to Canada. In light of this government's strong initiatives on tackling violent crime, I think that would send the wrong signal to the Canadian population."Read that again.
So, this isn't about the sovereignty of the state of Montana. This isn't about whether Montana observes the rule of law. This is about the Harper government's desire to send a message to Canadians: capital punishment is justified. Period.
Then, to add to that view, Stockwell Day, inserted this into the argument:
"We have an approach of tackling crime, of tackling violent crime and our messages need to be consistent with that," Mr. Day told reporters.Again, this isn't about some other jurisdiction. This is, according to Day and Harper, about our jurisdiction.
Harper and Day have just linked their "violent crime" agenda with capital punishment.
That thing you see sliding under long standing Canadian values is the thin edge of a very dangerous wedge. The Harper hidden agenda.
Now go read what Chet has to say.
Cheryl throwing in her two bits worth: