Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti is calling for a return of the death penalty in Canada.
While the issue is a federal matter, rather than a municipal one, Mammoliti wants Canadians to start talking about reinstating capital punishment in the wake of the Eaton Centre shooting in Toronto and the bizarre “body parts” murder in Montreal allegedly committed by Luka Magnotta.
“We’ve had enough horrific stuff over the last week to last a lifetime in our minds,” Mammoliti told the Sun Monday.
Mammoliti admitted he’s just a city councillor but he’s hoping to spark the discussion in Canada.
“I think it is time for us to talk about how we deal with individuals who just don’t have any morals at all and just don’t care about the majority of society,” he said.
The Ward 7, York West councillor said he won’t ask city council to endorse a call for the feds to debate a return to capital punishment because he expects it would fail on the council floor.
Mammoliti wants the death penalty to apply to murderers, cop killers and pedophiles. He argues those committing many of these crimes don’t fear being sentenced to life in prison but would fear a death sentence.
“As a city, a province and nation, capital punishment should be something we are talking about,” Mammoliti said.
No stranger to igniting controversy, Mammoliti expects his capital punishment call will raise the ire of many.
“I expect every bleeding heart in Canada to be writing to me and telling me how awful I am for suggesting it,” he said.
But Mammoliti says he won’t back down.
“Maybe we get smart as a society and start dealing with this instead of being the bleeding hearts that we’ve been all these years and helped create these monsters by being the bleeding hearts that we are,” he said.