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Tommy Douglas - the father of Medicare in Canada - winner of Greatest Canadian vote in 2005 - grandfather of Kiefer Sutherland. Lived in Winnipeg as a child. Witnessed the 1919 General Strike at the age of 15.

The steely requirements from a Prim warrior from where she originated. The evasive advice from a prophet that she once fought side by side with. An elusive goal, drawn from prophetic dreams.

Douglas was the first socialist leader of a government on this continent. He was the first leader of the federal NDP. He was the father of medicare in Canada. It is hard to imagine a figure more important to the development of the NDP and to socialism in Canada. History has been kind to Tommy Douglas, though he never became Prime Minister, and he is as highly regarded by the general public now as ever before.

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers at the 2012 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell ©2012 Douglas Mason

Actor Kiefer Sutherland poses with a life-sized statue of his grandfather Tommy Douglas, in Weyburn, Sask. Douglas was the premier of Saskatchewan and the founder of medicare in Canada.