Harper recently said in an interview that there are times when he believes the death penalty is appropriate. Despite this, he claims to have no designs to reopen the debate.
Regardless, his comments have effectively done just the opposite of his purported intent. Many people are now talking about the death penalty and when it may or may not be appropriate.
History of the Death Penalty
In Canada, the death penalty was always administered by hanging, except in instances of military penalties, in which case the convicted person was shot. At the beginning of the use of the death penalty in Canada, the punishment was available for a variety of offences, including treason, rape, pedophilia, bestiality, burglary, and homosexuality.