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.
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.
Pierre Trudeau - Alain Le Garsmeur/Getty FAVOURITE POLITICIAN: PIERRE ELLIOTT TRUDEAU A controversial figure who was just as hated in some parts of Canada as he was loved in others, Pierre Trudeau won the politicians poll one percentage point ahead of Tommy Douglas, Canada's 'Father of Medicare.'
UNDATED -- This is a handout photo of Saskatchewan Premier Tommy Douglas. Library & Archives Canada, C-36219 Photos courtesy of CPAC. For Sherri Levine (Canwest) CNS-TV-PREMIERS For Natalie Stechyson (Postmedia News). MEDICARE- POLL
Lions and Tigers and Towers, Oh My! Spending a Weekend in Calgary, Alberta
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