Douglas was the first socialist leader of a government on this continent. He was the first leader of the federal NDP. He was the father of medicare in Canada. It is hard to imagine a figure more important to the development of the NDP and to socialism in Canada. History has been kind to Tommy Douglas, though he never became Prime Minister, and he is as highly regarded by the general public now as ever before.

Douglas was the first socialist leader of a government on this continent. He was the first leader of the federal NDP. He was the father of medicare in Canada. It is hard to imagine a figure more important to the development of the NDP and to socialism in Canada. History has been kind to Tommy Douglas, though he never became Prime Minister, and he is as highly regarded by the general public now as ever before.

Tommy Douglas - the father of Medicare in Canada - winner of Greatest Canadian vote in 2005 - grandfather of Kiefer Sutherland.  Lived in Winnipeg as a child.  Witnessed the 1919 General Strike at the age of 15.

Tommy Douglas - the father of Medicare in Canada - winner of Greatest Canadian vote in 2005 - grandfather of Kiefer Sutherland. Lived in Winnipeg as a child. Witnessed the 1919 General Strike at the age of 15.

Tommy Douglas, Saskatchewan

Tommy Douglas, Saskatchewan

Actor Kiefer Sutherland poses with a life-sized statue of his grandfather Tommy Douglas, in Weyburn, Sask. Douglas was the premier of Saskatchewan and the founder of medicare in Canada.

Actor Kiefer Sutherland poses with a life-sized statue of his grandfather Tommy Douglas, in Weyburn, Sask. Douglas was the premier of Saskatchewan and the founder of medicare in Canada.

Tommy Douglas remembered <--- He is my hero, i would have given anything to meet him

Tommy Douglas remembered <--- He is my hero, i would have given anything to meet him

Tommy Douglas on Medicare,  February 2, 1979 ~ If only today's politicians were even half the men and had half the mind that Mr. Douglas was and had.

Tommy Douglas on Medicare, February 2, 1979 ~ If only today's politicians were even half the men and had half the mind that Mr. Douglas was and had.

Mice should not vote for cats: ‘Mouseland,’ a political parable to make you think | Dangerous Minds

Mice should not vote for cats: ‘Mouseland,’ a political parable to make you think | Dangerous Minds

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