Tommy Douglas is one of the most successful politicians Canadians have ever seen. He
implemented many social policies and programs in Saskatchewan that were later adopted
throughout Canada. Most of his programs continue today and are an integral part of
Canadian society. His greatest achievement was his implementation of Medicare in
Saskatchewan. Douglas never intended to be a politician but his concern for people
drove him to be one.
Thomas Douglas was born in Falkirk, Scotland on October 20, 1904. Tommy
moved to Winnipeg in 1911 along with his mother and sister to meet his father who had
migrated one year earlier. (1Thomas H Mcleod and Ian Mcleod, Tommy Douglas The
Road to Jerusalem, (Edmonton: Hurtig Publishers, 1987) 6.) Shortly after arriving,
Tommy was diagnosed with osteomyelitis a bone infection. His family could not afford
quick or top rate medical care. As a result Tommy almost lost his leg. This could be one
reason Douglas desired to have Medicare in Canada. (2Wong, Kevin. “Tommy Douglas a
Remarkable Canadian” 4pp. Online. Internet. 9 Oct. 2000. Available WWW:
http://www.sfn.saskatoon.sk.ca/business/cupe1975/burs5.html) Douglas entered Brandon
College in 1924 to become a minister.
Tommy Douglas along with his new wife moved to Weyburn in 1929 where he
became minister of Calvary Baptist Church. Douglas was popular at his new church
because of his energy and enthusiasm. He was disturbed by the poverty and
unemployment that plagued his congregation. This lead Tommy to advocate on behalf of
the less fortunate. His concerns soon led him to become politically active. (3T. Mcleod
and I. Mcleod 19). In 1932, he helped form the Independent Labor Party in Weyburn and
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...he number one country in the world by the United Nations.
As a nation we must not forget the contributions Tommy Douglas made to our country.
Fisher, Wayne. “Tommy Douglas Making Canada Better” Online. Internet. 9 Oct. 2000.
Available WWW: http://www.sfn.saskatoon.sk.ca/business/cupe1975/burs7.html
Mcleod, Thomas H., and Mcleod, Ian. Tommy Douglas The Road to Jerusalem,
Edmonton: Hurtig Publishers, 1987.
Vella, Vanessa. “Tommy Douglas - The Father of Medicare” 3pp. Online. Internet. 9
Oct. 2000. Available WWW: http://www.savemedicare.com/y01ma00b.htm
Wong, Kevin. “Tommy Douglas a Remarkable Canadian” 4pp. Online. Internet. 9 Oct.
2000. Available WWW: http://www.sfn.saskatoon.sk.ca/business/cupe1975/burs5.html
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