TORONTO, Feb. 28 /CNW/ - The decision by the National Parole Board to
overturn an earlier decision by a regional office of the Board to keep Robert
Latimer in jail was a tragic one. He placed his 12 year old disabled daughter
Tracy in the family truck and deliberately murdered her 15 years ago. He was
sentenced to 10 years without parole and began serving his sentence in 2001
"Robert Latimer has expressed no remorse for the murder of his daughter,"
said Jim Hughes, National President of Campaign Life Coalition (CLC). "He even
asked to be released in Ottawa, which the Parole Board has complied with,
purportedly so he could lobby the government to accept his point of view."
"Defenseless disabled people need protection from those who would take
the law into their own hands and decide who should live and who should die,"
said Mary Ellen Douglas, National Organizer of CLC.
CLC says that the decision to grant day parole to Latimer sends an
unfortunate but clear signal that the lives of people with disabilities are
not equally valued.
Campaign Life Coalition urges Canadians to call their MPs and ask that
protection for the vulnerable handicapped be maintained and strengthened by
For further information:
For further information: Media Contacts: Mary Ellen Douglas, CLC
National Organizer, Toronto, (416) 204-9749; Aidan Reid, CLC Public Affairs
Office, Ottawa, (613) 729-0379