Robert Smith is a convicted murderer from Alberta, given the death penalty in Montana. When Liberals were in power, they did all they could to help Mr. Smith appeal the death sentence and try to get it commuted to life without parole.
However, then the Messiah (Harper) came to power. Messiah enthusiastically supports death penalty, as do many Conservatives. But of course he knew he could not dig up the issue here in Canada. The issue was settled long time ago, and he would be committing political suicide if he tried to dig it up.
However, abroad is a different matter. If he could not promote the death penalty in Canada, the Messiah (and his bloodthirsty crew) would try to promote it aboard, wherever possible. The obvious place is of course, the USA, where they are in love with the death penalty.
So one of the first things Messiah did when he came to power was to stop aiding Robert Smith in any way in his appeal of the death sentence. I think that was a sop to religious right. Religious right enthusiastically supports the death penalty, more deaths the better, because the Bible supposedly mandates the death penalty (on this reasonable Christians disagree). Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth, that kind of thing.
While Harper does not belong to religious right, he has to keep the religious right happy. So he stopped helping Smith in his appeal to get the death penalty commuted.
Well, now the courts have weight in against the Messiah. The federal government must help an Alberta man convicted of murder in the United States seek clemency from his death sentence, the Federal Court of Canada has ruled.
Court orders Ottawa to help Canadian on death row
Chalk up another victory for human rights, another blow against death penalty.