This speaks for itself.

The Conservative government has decided not to seek clemency in the case of a Canadian citizen who is now on death row in the United States, as a result of killing two people, confessing to the crime, and being convicted. This has predictably thrown Canada into an uproar. Yet I can think of no clearer statement than the killer’s own remarks:

"The whole idea in Canada has been to try and rehabilitate prisoners if possible," Smith said in a prison meeting room.

"Why shouldn’t I have the opportunity, just because I came down to the United States and killed somebody? What difference does it make? If anybody else deserves an opportunity, then I should as well–I’ma Canadian citizen."

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After his arrest in Wyoming three weeks later, Smith initially confessed that he had committed the murders to see "what it was like" to kill. He also asked a judge to give him the death penalty.

But he later changed his mind, and Smith’s lawyers have fought for decades — with the help of the Canadian government until last week’s policy reversal — to have their client’s death sentence overturned.

The emphasis is mine, but I couldn’t possibly add anything else to that.

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