Tommy Douglas

Canadian NDP politician and advocate for medicare. Tommy Douglas

Thomas Clement "Tommy" Douglas, PC, CC, SOM was a Scottish-born Baptist minister, and Canadian social democratic politician. He was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in 1935 as a member of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) party. He left federal politics to become the Saskatchewan CCF's leader and then the seventh Premier of Saskatchewan from 1944 to 1961.
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Liberal-NDP merger unrealistic at best - Vancouver Sun
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But it's clear that St. Jack's elevation to sit at the right hand of Tommy Douglas has not only given the ever-helpful media an excuse to speculate wildly on his successor — they've even started fantasizing about a merger of the NDP and Liberal
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Frankie Lee 'F.L.' Metts Sr. -- Orangeburg - The Times and Democrat
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3, 2011, at Northside Baptist Church, with burial in Memorial Park Cemetery in Orangeburg. Pallbearers will be Tommy Douglas, Bruce Anderson, Wayne Metts, Tommy Carson, Fred Benton and Alvin Edgemon. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 pm Friday, Sept
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Frankie Lee 'F.L.' Metts -- Orangeburg - The Times and Democrat
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Pallbearers will be Tommy Douglas, Bruce Anderson, Wyane Metts, Tommy Carson, Fred Benton and Alvin Edgemon. He was born Feb. 13, 1922, in the Canaan community near Cope, the son of the late John Metts and Mamie Bair Metts. He served in the US Army and
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Jack Layton secures his place in NDP – and Canadian – pantheon - Globe and Mail
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New Democrats laid to rest the most successful party leader in their history, and a man whose name will likely be repeated in future with the same reverence as that reserved for Tommy Douglas, first head and spiritual heart of the NDP. ... - -
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From Tommy to Jack: A (Hallucinatory) Dream of Universal Health Care - Huffington Post Canada
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Tommy Douglas appeared to me once in a drug and trauma-induced hallucination. It was 2002 and I was bearing the brunt of British Columbian Premier Gordon Campbell's vile cuts to healthcare. My immobile body on a stretcher was literally being stored in
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One can like a politician without liking his politics - Vancouver Sun
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Tommy Douglas was a pastor in the same denomination as me and I have never admired much of what he stood for and accomplished. Find his thesis from McMaster Divinity School online and read about his advocacy of the elitist and racist principles of
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Jack Layton will be revered like Tommy Douglas, MP Don Davies says - Straight.com
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NDP leader Jack Layton “had it all” and will be revered much like former leader Tommy Douglas, according to Vancouver Kingsway NDP MP Don Davies. “Tommy was part of a minority government whose determination and sheer ... - -
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Tommy Arthur death row case: Alabama attorney general wants execution date set - al.com (blog)
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MONTGOMERY, Alabama — The Alabama attorney general's office has filed its second request this summer asking the Alabama Supreme Court to set an execution date for death row inmate Tommy Douglas Arthur. The 69-year-old Arthur was convicted in the 1982
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Judge troubled by censored Tommy Douglas files - National Post (blog)
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A Federal Court judge has put Canadians one step closer to seeing hundreds more pages of a secret RCMP dossier on Tommy Douglas, who caught the attention of police decades ago for his left-wing activism and alleged links to Communist party members. ... -
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Take a step back and think what's best for community and future generations - Bowen Island Undercurrent
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I am proud to live in a country with heroes like Terry Fox, Tommy Douglas, and David Suzuki. The Bowen community has proven itself, time and time again, to be even more dedicated to those Canadian ideals than most. And this is why I am perplexed by the
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Clark back as NDP hopeful - The Barrie Examiner
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While the platform stays the same with the NDP's focus on families, she says attracting doctors and improving the health-care system former NDP leader Tommy Douglas started, she's also keen to encourage accountability in the corporate sector
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A meaningless wilderness - BCLocalNews
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One of the greatest Canadians in our history, Tommy Douglas once said, “We should never, never, be afraid or ashamed about dreams. The dreams won't all come true; we won't always make it; but where there is no vision a people perish
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Attorneys appeal to court in Arthur case - Times Daily
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Attorneys for death row inmate Tommy Douglas Arthur have asked the US Supreme Court to overturn an Alabama court's denial of a new trial in a 1982 Muscle Shoals murder-for-hire. In a petition filed Friday in Washington, Arthur attorney
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NDP is truly Canadian - Windsor Star
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Re: NDP is no longer Tommy Douglas's party, guest column, by Brian Lee Crowley, July 13. The media frequently interviews federal NDP leaders with condescending questions and attitudes. Even post this election, the media is still treating the Liberal
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Windsor Star readers guide - Windsor Star
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Guest columnist Brian Lee Crowley of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute explains why today's NDP bears little resemblance to what Tommy Douglas, the father of medicare, envisioned. Read a PDF of a letter provincial NDP Leader Andrea Horwath wrote to the
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Connelly: Universal health care -- untouchable in Canada, attacked here - Seattle Post Intelligencer
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McDermott sings the praises of a democratic socialist, the late Saskatchewan Premier TC "Tommy" Douglas, who introduced Medicare in the prairie province of Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan had to endure a doctor's strike. Universal health coverage came to
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New camp, productions announced by SNTC - StarPhoenix
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He moved to Saskatoon in 2007 and attended Tommy Douglas Collegiate. Since graduation in 2010, he has been employed with Connections and Resources for U Youth Wellness Centre. Forrest has been acting since Grade 1 and has been playing drums for 12
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    TEENAGE
  • 1986
    Douglas was also the subject of a 1986 National Film Board of Canada documentary Tommy Douglas: Keeper of the Flame, which received the Gemini Award for Best Writing in a Documentary Program or Series.
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  • 1984
    In June 1984, Douglas was injured when he was struck by a bus, but he quickly recovered and on his 80th birthday he claimed to The Globe and Mail that he usually walked up to five miles a day.
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  • 1981
    On 22 June 1981, Douglas was appointed to the Order of Canada as a Companion for his service as a political leader, and innovator in public policy.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1980
    In 1980, Douglas was awarded a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa by Carleton University in Ottawa.
  • 1979
    He retired from politics in 1979 and served on the board of directors of Husky Oil, an Alberta oil and gas exploration company that had holdings in Saskatchewan.
    He resigned as leader the next year, but remained as a Member of Parliament until 1979.
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  • 1972
    He was re-elected in the riding of Nanaimo–Cowichan–The Islands in the 1972 and 1974 elections.
  • 1971
    Instead, he and his friend and political mentor M.J. Coldwell were honoured by the party with the creation of the Douglas–Coldwell Foundation in 1971.
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    Douglas resigned as NDP leader in 1971, but retained his seat in the House of Commons.
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  • 1970
    The October 1970 Quebec FLQ Crisis put Douglas and David Lewis—now a Member of Parliament—on the "hotseat", with Lewis being the only NDP MP with any roots in Quebec.
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    He was noted as being the main opposition to the imposition of the War Measures Act during the 1970 October Crisis.
  • 1969
    He won a seat again in a 1969 by-election in the riding of Nanaimo—Cowichan—The Islands, following the death of Colin Cameron in 1968, and represented it until his retirement from electoral politics in 1979.
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  • 1963
    Re-elected as MP for that riding in the 1963 and 1965 elections, Douglas lost the redistricted seat of Burnaby—Seymour in the 1968 federal election.
  • 1962
    Douglas resigned from provincial politics and sought election to the House of Commons in the riding of Regina City in 1962, but was defeated by Ken More.
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  • 1961
    He handily defeated Argue on 3 August 1961 at the first NDP leadership convention in Ottawa, and became the new party's first leader.
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    Douglas, after much consultation, with Coldwell, Lewis and his caucus, decided in June 1961 to reluctantly contest the leadership of the New Party.
    When the time came for the "New Party" to form, in 1961, Coldwell pressured Douglas to run for the leadership.
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    After setting up Saskatchewan's medicare program, Douglas stepped down as premier and ran to lead the newly formed federal New Democratic Party (NDP), the successor party of the National CCF. He was elected as its first federal leader in 1961.
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  • 1960
    Ten years later, Premier Lesage of Quebec joined with Premier Douglas at a First Ministers' Conference in July 1960, in advocating for a constitutional bill of rights.
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    Douglas and the Saskatchewan CCF then went on to win five straight majority victories in all subsequent Saskatchewan provincial elections up to 1960.
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  • 1958
    CCF national president David Lewis – who succeeded Coldwell as president in 1958, when the national chairman and national president positions were merged – and the rest of the new party's organizers, opposed Argue's manoeuvres, and wanted Douglas to be the new party's first leader.
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    The success of the province's public health care program was not lost on the federal government. Another Saskatchewan politician, newly elected Prime Minister John Diefenbaker, decreed in 1958 that any province seeking to introduce a hospital plan would receive 50 cents on the dollar from the federal government.
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  • 1953
    As premier, Douglas attended the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in June 1953.
  • 1944
    He led the CCF to power in the 1944 provincial election, winning 47 of 53 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan, and thus forming the first democratic socialist government in not only Canada, but all of North America.
    By the time Douglas took office in 1944, many people questioned eugenics due to Nazi Germany's embrace of it in its effort to create a "master race."
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  • 1942
    Despite being a federal Member of Parliament and not yet an MLA, Douglas was elected the leader of the Saskatchewan CCF in 1942 after successfully challenging the incumbent leader, George Hara Williams, but did not resign from the House of Commons until 1 June 1944.
  • 1941
    If not for that ailment, he would likely have been with the regiment when its members were killed or captured at Hong Kong in December 1941.
  • 1939
    During the September 1939 special House of Commons debate on entering the war, Douglas, who had visited Nazi Germany in 1936 and was disgusted by what he saw, supported going to war against Hitler.
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  • 1935
    He was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the 1935 federal election.
    He was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in 1935 as a member of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF).
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  • 1931
    In the summer of 1931, Douglas continued his studies in sociology at the University of Chicago.
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  • 1930
    Douglas graduated from Brandon College in 1930, and completed his master's degree (M.A.) in Sociology from McMaster University in 1933.
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    In 1930, Douglas married Irma Dempsey, a music student at Brandon College.
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  • 1924
    In 1924, the 19-year-old Douglas enrolled at Brandon College, a Baptist school affiliated with McMaster University, to finish high school and study theology.
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  • 1922
    Weighing, Douglas fought in 1922 for the Lightweight Championship of Manitoba, and won the title after a six round fight.
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  • 1920
    In 1920, at the age of 15, Douglas began an amateur career in boxing at the One Big Union (OBU) gym in Winnipeg.
  • 1918
    During World War I, the family returned to Glasgow in Scotland. They returned to Winnipeg in late 1918, in time for Douglas to witness the Winnipeg general strike.
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  • 1910
    In 1910, his family emigrated to Canada, where they settled in Winnipeg.
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  • 1904
    Tommy Clement Douglas was born in 1904 in Camelon, Falkirk, Scotland, the son of Annie (née Clement) and Thomas Douglas, an iron moulder who fought in the Boer War.
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