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Tommy Douglas

Politician from Canada

Tommy Douglas Thomas Clement "Tommy" Douglas, PC CC SOM (20 October 1904 – 24 February 1986) was a Scottish-born Baptist minister, and Canadian democratic socialist 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. His government was the first democratic socialist government in North America, and it introduced the continent's first single payer, universal health care program. After setting up Saskatchewan's medicare program, he stepped down as premier and ran to lead the newly formed federal New Democratic Party, the National CCF's successor party. Douglas was elected as its first federal leader in 1961. Although he never led the party to government, through much of his tenure, the party held the balance of power in the House. He was noted as being the main opposition voice to the inposition of the War Measures Act, during the 1970 October Crisis. He stepped down as leader the following year, but remained as a Member of Parliament until 1979. He was awarded many honorary degrees, and  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1904-10-20
Place of birth
Falkirk
Nationality
Canada
Spouse(s)
Irma Dempsey
Children
Shirley Douglas

Political career

Party From To
Co-operative Commonwealth Federation
New Democratic Party

Education

Institution From To
Brandon University
McMaster University
University of Chicago

Death

Date of death
1986-02-24
Cause of death
Cancer
Place of death
Ottawa

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