The Death Penalty

1759 - July 14, 1976
Execution of Stanislaus Lacroix on March 21, 1902 in Hull, Quebec. Source: Napoleon Belanger, Library and Archives Canada.Pinterest
Execution of Stanislaus Lacroix on March 21, 1902 in Hull, Quebec. Source: Napoleon Belanger, Library and Archives Canada.

Like any 19th century lawyer in what is now Ontario and Canada, John A. was well acquainted with the death penalty. And, it should be remembered that executions were performed in public back then and seen as entertainment, with hundreds turning out in a place like Kingston to watch the condemned die. Sir John A. himself was not opposed to the death penalty and famously rejected a plea for mercy from the jury at Louis Riel's trial to spare the Métis leader. Capital punishment in Canada dates back to 1759 and the death penalty was eliminated in Canada on July 14, 1976.