Tommy Douglas (The Canadians)
Written by Bill Waiser.
Published by Fitzhenry & Whiteside Ltd., 2006.
|Tommy Douglas was a Baptist preacher who organized his church as
a relief centre for the poor in the hungry 1930s and rose to become a political
legend in Saskatchewan, winning five straight majority governments and
transforming the province. This acclaimed biography, written by a longtime
friend and associate, closely follows his life through his working-class
childhood and his boxing and political careers on the prairies to his years of
national prominence as an advocate for peace, human rights, and Canadian
Tommy recalled in the 1950s, I came to believe that health services ought not to have a price-tag on them, and that people should be able to get whatever health services they required irrespective of their individual capacity to pay. He was talking about what would become known as Medicare.
In his long and extensive political career Tommy went on to:
Named CBCs Greatest Canadian of all, the subject of Tommy Douglas will inspire young readers of Canadian history.
Recommended for readers aged 10+, (Grades 5+).
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