Canada Should Bring Back The Death Penalty For Those Convicted Of Committing Terrorist Attacks

A clear message must be sent.

Our society has become far too weak when it comes to defending our citizens. We have reached the absurd point where the government knows of over 60 individuals who left Canada to fight for ISIS, and then have returned to this country, yet nothing is really being don about.

We have also seen a rise in the threat of terrorism, particularly from radical Islamism, and also hateful attacks such as the one against a Quebec City mosque.

Yet, our justice system, which is already weak at getting justice for those victimized in violent crimes, fails to send a clear message when it comes to those convicted of terrorist acts.

There is even doubt as to whether the recent Edmonton attack – which was clearly motivated by the radical Islamist ideology – will even be prosecuted as a terrorist attack by the government, despite an ISIS flag being found at the scene.

Those who seek to kill innocent people and terrorize Canadians must be severely punished

In the back and forth media discussion, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that terrorism is about brutally killing innocent people. In Edmonton, a police officer working to keep other people safe, and people just walking down the street minding their own businesses were targeted for death. It’s miraculous that nobody was killed.

Trying to downplay these incidents and hope for the best isn’t a reasonable response. As a society, we need to send a clear, unmistakable, and tough message in defense of the Canadian people, and in defense of our right to live in a safe and secure nation.

That’s why we should bring back the death penalty for those convicted of committing terrorist attacks.

While this would certainly apply in cases of radical Islamist terror, it should also apply to the killer who took the lives of six innocent people in Quebec City. Such a hate-motivated attack must be punished severely, and the death penalty is the appropriate punishment.

And when it comes to the threat of radical Islamist terrorism, an attitude of weakness only invites more danger. Strength, and a willingness to defend our country will keep us much safer.

For a long time, treason was punishable by the death penalty in Canada – something most Canadians would agree is a common sense punishment for those who betrayed our country. Clearly, a Canadian citizen committing an act of terror against Canadians is treasonous, and any non-citizen who kills Canadians in a terror attack should face the death penalty as well.

Canadians support the death penalty

According to Abacus Data, 58% of Canadians support the death penalty. We can imagine that support would be even higher when it comes to those convicted of terrorist attacks. Unfortunately, the political elite is out of step with public opinion on this issue, and sees their job as ignoring or even repressing the views of Canadians when it comes to our justice system, rather than represent what Canadians want.

That must change. Those who seek to kill our citizens must face the ultimate punishment.

Spencer Fernando