Conservative Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu has gotten himself in hot water for telling a media scrum outside Parliament this morning “Basically, every killer should (have) the right to his own rope in his cell. They can decide whether to live.” Hey, why not throw in an MP3 player pre-loaded with the title track from Black Sabbath’s Paranoid album (“I’d tell you to end your life/I wish I could, but it’s too late”)? Francophone murderers could opt instead for the Boule Noire classic “Aimes-Tu La Vie?” (I’ll leave it to you to look it up…)
Some commentors see the senator’s comments as a hint that the Cons plan to reopen the capital punishment debate; even more disturbing is the rather large number that agree with him. On the other hand, this Winnipeg Free Press reader offers a science-fiction alternative to the “25 to life” sentence:
Looks like someone’s been reading too many Superman comics. I hereby banish you to the Phantom Zone!