During a break in a local
West Kootenay area courtroom, a few defence lawyers and a judge were informally discussing the Conservative government’s ‘’get tough on crime" implementations and their view was very clear: “They are not going to happen on our watch.”
How widespread that resistance permeates the court system is unclear.
Canadians, however, seem to clearly feel different. An Angus Reid survey found 62 percent of Canadians favour capital punishment for murderers and 31 percent think rapists should receive death as a result for their crime.
This contrasts with 2004 polls that showed only 48 percent favoured capital punishment for murderers.