Robert Latimer's (very) angry crusade



    Robert Latimer has emerged from his seven years in prison more determined
    than ever to clear his name. Also in this week's Maclean's: What would
    President Obama do? And, will a $10 million incentive turn gas-guzzlers
    green? Look to the latest issue of Maclean's and visit macleans.ca for
    more on these and other stories, including this week's 'Myths of Sleep'
    cover story

    TORONTO, March 6 /CNW/ - He served seven years in prison for killing his
disabled daughter. Now the Saskatchewan farmer is determined to clear his
name, and prove he did nothing wrong. Robert Latimer might have gone to prison
a heartbroken yet unapologetic man following his decision in October 1993 to
end the life of his daughter Tracy, who suffered from cerebral palsy. But if
letters recently posted online are any barometer, Latimer is emerging from
jail a man transformed - and not the way corrections officials generally like
to see.
    Missives penned by Latimer over the last four years to everyone from
cabinet ministers to the Supreme Court itself seethe with language belying his
popular image as a stolid farmer befuddled by the tempest around him. One sent
in April 2004 to then prime minister Paul Martin refers to police and
prosecutors as "predators," then goes on to compare the state's actions
against him to those of German Nazis like Adolf Eichmann, citing the views of
two university professors. Turn to Maclean's for Charlie Gillis' report on a
man who feels he's been wronged, and who plans on moving to Ottawa to make his
point.

    What would Obama do?

    Hillary Rodham Clinton succeeded in interrupting what for a while looked
like Barack Obama's unstoppable march toward the Demcratic presidential
nomination. She did so in part by persuading those no-nonsense voters in Ohio
that Obama is style without substance or, at best, a policy enigma wrapped in
a pretty speech.
    Criticized as an untested liberal with little substance, the Democratic
hopeful has positions on issues such as health care, education and the NAFTA
deal that are actually far from predictable. With his promises to make huge
cuts to the cost of health care, keep standardized testing, and concentrate on
Afghanistan instead of Iraq, Maclean's Luiza Savage shines a light on Obama's
potential presidency.

    A 10-million 'green' car prize

    Maclean's showcases a new eco-friendly contest that consists of a
$10-million award to anyone who can build a car that can travel from Winnipeg
to Ottawa on one tank of gas. Labeled the 'X Prize,' this new initiative aims
to push gas-guzzlers towards green thinking.

    About Maclean's:

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and culture. Visit www.macleans.ca.




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