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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.

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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.

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

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Founder of the NDP and architect of Canada's universal health care system, TOMMY DOUGLAS (left) still tops lists of "Greatest Canadians" today. His daughter was SHIRLEY DOUGLAS, an actress who graced dozens of productions on stage and screen including "Road to Avonlea," "Wind at My Back" and "Corner Gas." She was married to actor DONALD SUTHERLAND (right) from 1966 to 1970, and they had a son named KIEFER SUTHERLAND, who reached the heights of Hollywood glory as star of TV's "24."

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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.

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

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.

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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 )

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