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Tommy Douglas: The Father of Medicare

Tommy Douglas

The Future of Medicare

By Tommy Douglas


We can’t stand still.
We can either go back or we can go forward.
The choice we make today will decide the future of Medicare in Canada.

Read Tommy’s Speech Here

New Book on Tommy Douglas

Once voted the greatest Canadian of all time, Tommy Douglas was a prairie politician who believed in democratic socialism, the crucial role of civil rights, and the great potential of cooperation for the common good. He is best known as the “Father of Medicare.” Born in 1904, Douglas was a championship boxer and a Baptist minister who later exchanged his pulpit for a political platform. A powerful orator and tireless activist, he sat first as a federal MP and then served for 17 years as premier of Saskatchewan, where he introduced the universal health-insurance system that would eventually be adopted across Canada. As leader of the national NDP, he was a staunch advocate of programs such as the Canada Pension Plan and was often the conscience of Parliament on matters of civil liberties. In the process, he made democratic socialism a part of mainstream Canadian political life. Giller Prize-winning author Vincent Lam, an emergency physician who works on the front lines of the health-care system, brings a novelist’s eye to the life of one of Canada’s greats.

About the Author
Drr. Vincent Lam is from the expatriate Chinese community of Vietnam. Trained in Toronto, he is an emergency physician and a lecturer at the University of Toronto. His first book, Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures, won the 2006 Scotiabank Giller Prize. Lam is the co-author of The Flu Pandemic and You, which received an award from the American Medical Writers Association in 2007. He and his family live in Toronto.

GET THE BOOK:  Extraordinary Canadians: Tommy Douglas


Tommy Douglas Speech (Audio)

Speech to the 50th Anniversary Convention of the CCF/NDP
(Regina, July 2, 1983)

PART 1: Jobs and the Environment [Listen]
PART 2: Save Medicare [Listen]
PART 3: War and Peace [Listen]


Shirley Douglas presentation to the 1998 CAW Political Action Conference

[View: Part 1  Part 2  Part 3]


Video Clip from the last speech given by Tommy Douglas

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Speeches of Tommy Douglas

Speeches of Tommy Douglas

Visit the Douglas-Coldwell Foundation