Death Penalty Issues in Canada


Assignment 2—Argument Paper Worth 15%.

Death Penalty Issues in Canada

  1. Should Canada reinstate the death penalty in the Canadian constitution?
  2. Individuals of note: Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Pierre Trudeau
  3. Historical outline:
  4. 1892-1961 all murderers were subjected to death by hanging. This was after a bill calling for the abolition of the death penalty was introduced in 1914 in the House of Commons. Following a lengthy and emotional debate in 1966, the Canadian government introduced and passed a bill, Bill C-168 (Victims of Violence, 2016).
  5. On July 14, 1976, another bill, Bill C-84 was passed by the House of Commons on a free vote and this abolished the capital punishment from the Canadian Criminal Code. Despite the country adopting some sections of the death penalty for some military offences, no Canadian soldier has since been executed for more than 50 years now (Victims of Violence, 2016).
  6. The overall conviction rate between murder and life has since increased over the last two decades. This is an indicator that the Canadian juries are more interested in convicting offenders to death sentences. This is driven by the public pressure on the judicial system in Canada as more citizens are in support of the death sentence even though a bill to reinstate death sentence was defeated in 1987 (Victims of Violence, 2016).
  7. Argument framework:
  8. Conclusion: Canada should not reinstate the death penalty
  9. According to Goffin (2011), while making reference to Pierre Trudeau, it is the right of the society to punish criminals with a penalty equally to the crime, but killing is more of revenge than an act of correction.
  10. It is not right for a society to express vengeance against offenders but have a collective responsibility to criminal behavior
  11. If the system is allowed to eliminate boundless hope and confidence in its people, the people themselves will lack maturity and fail to act as mature people as well as lose the ability to value life (Goffin, 2011).

References

  1. Goffin, P. (2011). Canada marks 35 years since abolition of the death penalty. Retrieved from:

https://this.org/2011/07/29/35-years-without-death-penalty/

 

  1. Victims of Violence (2016). Research library — capital punishment. Retrieved from:

http://www.victimsofviolence.on.ca/research-library/capital-punishment/

 

Assignment 2—Argument Paper Worth 15%.

Due by last day of week 12

Description This assignment should help you draw together many of the skills and much of the knowledge you have gained thus far from the course. Your assignment is to design both sides of an argument that could be used as the basis for a persuasive essay. Building on the issue you researched in Assignment 1, you are to come up with opposite conclusions and show how you would go about supporting these opposites. Tasks 1. Issue: Articulate a current Canadian issue in your own words. It must be expressed as a question in a single, grammatically correct sentence. The issue must be relevant to the society as a whole and the public decision-making process. Format example: • “Should Canada dissolve as a federation and the provinces become new States in the USA?” (note this is not a proper example of the type of content that is suitable as this is not an issue that is currently being debated in reputable national media sources) 2. Conclusions: State two conclusions as single, grammatically correct sentences– one for each side of the issues. Do not include reasons or qualifications that are not in the issue statement. Here is an example to illustrate format: • “Yes, Canada should dissolve as a federation and the provinces become new States in the USA.” • “No, Canada should not dissolve as a federation and the provinces become new States in the USA.” 3. Premise 1: In your own words, give a clear, objective, and grammatically correct sentence that is a supportive reason for the positive conclusion. 4. Find a single-sentence quote that gives direct support for the positive conclusion and is based on objective reasoning. Then, using APA format, cite the source. Here is an example to illustrate format: • “Evidence overwhelmingly suggests that the majority of Canadians would refuse to pay US taxes, creating insurmountable political instability”. (Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Date of publication). Title of article. Title of Online Periodical, volume number(issue number if available). Retrieved from http://www.someaddress.com/full/url/ 5. Premise 2: Premise 1: In your own words, give a clear, objective, and grammatically correct sentence that is a supportive reason for the negative conclusion. 6. Find a single-sentence quote that gives direct support for the negative conclusion and is based on objective reasoning. Then, using APA format, cite the source. Here is an example to illustrate format: • “Canadian Business overwhelmingly supports dissolution, according to a national survey”. (Author, A. A. (Year, Month Day). Title of article. Title of Newspaper. Retrieved from http://www.someaddress.com/full/url/ Task Grade Criteria 1 (Issue) /3 Must be current, of national interest, and clearly stated according to the terms prescribed in the task description. 2 (Conclusions) /2 Each one must be clearly stated according to the terms prescribed in the task description. 3 (Premise 1) /2 Must be clearly stated according to the terms prescribed in the task description and include all required parts. 4 (Quote 1) /3 Must be clearly stated according to the terms prescribed in the task description and include all required parts. 5 (Premise 2) /2 Must be clearly stated according to the terms prescribed in the task description and include all required parts. 6 (Quote 2) /3 Must be clearly stated according to the terms prescribed in the task description and include all required parts. Total /15

 

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