Friday, 12 August 2016

Canadian Punishment

Capital  and corporal punishment in Canada were abolished in 1976 and 1972 respectively. Capital I knew but this newly unearthed paperback from 1956 (thanks Grant) opened my eyes to corporal punishment in Canada.

The title is accurate. The Courts could, until 1972, sentence people to a lashing as well as a strapping under the provisions of the Criminal Code. For instance there were 33 lashings and 14 strappings associated with over 15,000 convictions in 1952. Wardens of prisons could also use them to maintain order. Amazing it took until 1972 to end.

This uncommon Canadian paperback was published by Winnipeg's Stovel-Advocate.

March 1956


1 comment:

  1. Corporal punishment? I had no idea. I'm quite aware of the debate over capital punishment, having gathered a 2008 collection titled Great Canadian Speeches. As you are no doubt aware, or might assume, Pierre Trudeau was a great opponent. On 15 June 1976 he delivered one of the most remarkable speeches in the House of Commons.

    Two things that have always struck me about that piece of oratory:

    1) Trudeau wrote the speech himself, crafting it over several nights.

    2) As far as I've been able to determine, that same speech is the last to have been printed in its entirety by the press.

    On a side note - which, given the topic, seems quite trivial - is not the similarity of this Stoval-Advocate and the Harlequins of the time remarkable?