Mr. Smith is an Albertan who, if memory serves me correctly, is still being detained in Montana, a state that has the death penalty. He murdered two people. He has been sentenced to death and, if I'm not mistaken, the government is still refusing to request his repatriation to Canada.
The death penalty was abolished in Canada in 1976. Two successive Conservative ministers, the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Public Safety, have refused an inmate transfer.
If my interpretation of the current legislation is correct, when a person is sentenced to death, it's possible to commute that sentence to life in prison.