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Tommy Douglas

Father of Medicare Tommy Douglas

Full Name: Thomas Clement Douglas
Profession: Father of Medicare


Biography: Saskatchewan CCF's leader 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.

In 2004, a CBC Television program named him "The Greatest Canadian," based on a Canada-wide, viewer-supported survey.

Born: October 20, 1904
Birthplace: Falkirk, Scotland

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Libra

Died: February 24, 1986 (aged 81)
Cause of Death: Cancer

Historical Events

  • 1944-07-10 "Father of Medicare" Tommy Douglas becomes the 7th Premier of Saskatchewan

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