A Conservative senator has backed away from an unconventional proposal for reducing prison costs: give convicted murderers a rope and let them decide whether to hang themselves.
"Basically, every killer should (have) the right to his own rope in his cell. They can decide whether to live," Sen. Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu said on Wednesday.
However, he later told a Montreal radio station he'd gone too far.
"The comment was altogether inappropriate," he said.
Boisvenu became a prominent victims' rights advocate after his daughter was kidnapped, raped and murdered in 2002. He was appointed to the Senate two years ago by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Here's some notable responses to the senator's comment from Twitter.
With files from The Canadian Press