DEER LODGE, Mont. - With the clock ticking down toward a decision on
whether he lives or dies, the only Canadian on death row in the United
States is expressing regret and sadness for the crimes he committed and
the situation he finds himself in.But Ronald Smith is also angry
at the Canadian government for its "tepid" support of his clemency bid —
support that came only after Federal Court forced Ottawa to act on
Smith's behalf."It bothered me," Smith said in an interview with The Canadian Press at Montana State Prison — his home for the last 30 years.
was no need to make it a point that: 'We're being forced into this.'
Come on, really? Am I that horrible a person that you have to be forced
to act like a human being?"I was a little grumpy about it."
originally from Red Deer, Alta., has been on death row since 1982. A
drug-addicted drifter back then, Smith a