How I was framed for the murder of my ex-wife: A former cabinet minister speaks

    -   Also in this week's Maclean's: The economy's looking up, and so is
        the PM's approval rating
    -   In avoiding Clinton's errors in health care, has Obama made the
        opposite mistake?

    TORONTO, Aug. 20 /CNW/ - On the evening of Jan. 21, 1983, JoAnn Wilson
was murdered, bludgeoned and shot to death in the garage of her Regina home.
It had been three years since she and husband Colin Thatcher-the son of a
former Saskatchewan premier and an ex-provincial cabinet minister himself-had
filed for divorce, years marked by Wilson's remarriage, an acrimonious custody
battle over the three Thatcher children and a previous violent attack on her.
After a sensational and controversial trial, Thatcher was found guilty of her
murder and subsequently served 22 years in prison.
    He has never ceased to proclaim his innocence.
    In an exclusive interview featured in Maclean's this week, Thatcher
breaks his long silence to talk about how he thinks he was wrongfully
convicted, his relationship with his children, his faith, and his new book. He
tells Maclean's:

    -   "There are a lot of people, mostly in justice circles, that I think
        would take great pleasure had they totally broken me... I think this
        is my ultimate revenge: I'm happy."
    -   "My sons were with me on that fateful evening at home and they've
        always been there for me in court."
    -   "I won't deny there were times when I prayed for God to strike me
    -   "There have been several books written about my case. I think it's
        fair to call them cheerleading efforts on behalf of the Crown. I
        decided that I wanted to lay out exactly what happened."

    Harper's Recovery?

    With the worst economic calamity in a generation looking to be near an
end, and after several notable missteps, the Prime Minister seems to have
steadied himself again. Meanwhile, slowly but surely, Conservative party poll
numbers have crept back up.

    Has Obama blown U.S. Health care reform?

    In avoiding Bill Clinton's errors in health care, the new president
created another set of problems.

    About Maclean's:

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Maclean's enlightens, engages and entertains 2.4 million readers with strong
investigative reporting and exclusive stories from leading journalists in the
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