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.

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.

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.'

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

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

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” -Tommy Douglas- HELLO WORLD, MEET CALGARY… As a family from the Edmonton area, we en…

Lions and Tigers and Towers, Oh My! Spending a Weekend in Calgary, Alberta

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” -Tommy Douglas- HELLO WORLD, MEET CALGARY… As a family from the Edmonton area, we en…

Prairie Giant - Tommy Douglas Story - YouTube - good biographical video for students and families of this famous Canadian

Prairie Giant - Tommy Douglas Story - YouTube - good biographical video for students and families of this famous Canadian

The Story of Mouseland: As told by Tommy Douglas in 1944. Introduced by his grandson, actor Kiefer Sutherland. (You can read the text of this classic speech here: http://www.dcf.ca/en/mouseland.htm )

The Story of Mouseland: As told by Tommy Douglas in 1944. Introduced by his grandson, actor Kiefer Sutherland. (You can read the text of this classic speech here: http://www.dcf.ca/en/mouseland.htm )

Facism, def. by Tommy Douglas who fought for universal health care here in Canada, that the Regressive Conservatives are trying to destroy

Facism, def. by Tommy Douglas who fought for universal health care here in Canada, that the Regressive Conservatives are trying to destroy

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