Tommy Douglas
Thomas Clement "Tommy" Douglas, (20 October 1904 – 24 February 1986) was a Scottish-born Baptist
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 minister who became a prominent Canadian social democratic
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 politician. As leader of the Saskatchewan
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 Co-operative Commonwealth Federation
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 (CCF) from 1942 and the seventh Premier of Saskatchewan
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 from 1944 to 1961, he led the first social democratic government in North America and introduced single payer, universal healthcare to Canada. When the CCF united with the Canadian Labour Congress
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 to form the New Democratic Party
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, Douglas was elected as its first federal leader and served in that post from 1961 to 1971.

In Washington they have their hawks and doves and in Ottawa we have our parrots.

In response to Canadians policy on the Vietnam War, House of Commons, "Debates", 13 February 1967

I am still a little fellow.Mr. Tucker is big enough to swallow me, but if he did, he would be the strangest man in the world. He would have more brains in his stomach than he does in his head.

To Liberal leader of the time Walter Tucker, quoted "Star Pheonix" July 14 1947

One year ago men could be seen riding the rods on freight trains across Canada. Today hundreds are in His Majesty’s uniform. Most of us know some of these young men personally. Theses men are going to fight for a society that could not even give them a job. What do we propose to do with them when they come back on the rods? God forbid.

Statement in a debate (23 May 1940)

I went around to the little schoolhouses, talking like a professor, explaining our platform. We were lucky if the collection gave us enough for gas to get to the next place. We encouraged questions, and people asked us if it was true we were going to take their farms, like the Soviets in Russia, and did we believe in God.

On his earliest political campainging, quoted in Tommy Douglas (1983) by Doris French Shackleton, p. 68

If ever we needed in this country to adopt a new attitude towards homosexuality, this is the time. Instead of treating it as a crime, and driving it underground, we ought to recognize it for what it is: it's a mental illness, it's a psychiatric condition which ought to be treated sympathetically by psychiatrists and social workers.

Said in the 1968 Leaders debate on the proposed Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1968-69|Omnibus bill to decriminalize homosexuality