Why? Why should we save his life? He has been convicted of murdering two young men who's only mistake was to offer this scumbag a ride, an act of generosity that cost them their lives. Did he show them any mercy? No, he didn't. So why the hell should he be shown any?
It is a matter of principle, Shadowshiv. Canada does not have death penalty, we do not approve of governments killing private citizens.
The fact that he is the scumbag makes it all the more important that the principle be observed. It is like freedom of expression. If I am going to say something with which most of the people agree, I donít need freedom of expression to protect me, nobody is going to attack me. But if I say something controversial, something that will anger most of the people (like publishing the cartoons about Mohammed), that is when it is all the more important that I be allowed to exercise my right of free speech and my right should be protected
It is the same principle here. It is easy to be for human rights, for sanctity of life when a pretty young thing is sentenced to death by stoning in Saudi Arabia for adultery. Then the principles, concern for human rights comes cheap.
But the real test as to whether a country cares for human rights is when it has to protect the basic, fundamental rights (such as right to life) for the most repugnant, most odious, most repulsive of individuals. As are all entitled to certain basic rights (right to life being among them), regardless of our actions.
So Canadian government should do all it can to try to get the sentence commuted to life without parole.