This feature documentary traces the political career of T.C. (Tommy) Douglas, former premier of Saskatchewan and leader of the New Democratic Party, who was voted the Greatest Canadian in 2004 for his devotion to social causes, his charm and his powers of persuasion. Known as the "Father of Medicare," this one-time champion boxer and fiery preacher entered politics in the 1930s and never looked back.
Ages 14 to 17
Civics/Citizenship - Federal/Provincial Government
Civics/Citizenship - Ideologies
Social Studies - Canadian Politics and Government
Social Studies - Social Policies and Programs
Write about the evolution of the NDP from its inception to the present. Compare and contrast Tommy Douglas with a later leader of the NDP and show how the views of the party shifted. Choose another Canadian political pioneer and write his/her biography. How do you think the economic climate of the era informed the creation of the socialist movement?