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.

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.

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

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 )

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

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.

"Chronic Condition" Author Jeffrey Simpson on what Tommy Douglas would think of the medical system that has emerged from what he started.

"Chronic Condition" Author Jeffrey Simpson on what Tommy Douglas would think of the medical system that has emerged from what he started.

Tommy Douglas  Beloved Canadian politician and considered the father of our healthcare system. Grandfather of Keifer Sutherland.

Tommy Douglas Beloved Canadian politician and considered the father of our healthcare system. Grandfather of Keifer Sutherland.

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