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Tommy Douglas Essay

  • Submitted by: Kyle_Kelly
  • on December 15, 2008
  • Category: Miscellaneous
  • Length: 1,162 words

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Thomas Douglas known as 'The Father of Medicare' was one of the most successful politicians that Canadians have ever seen. He was a small man with a huge personality that captured the hearts of millions of Canadians.1 Throughout his time in office he was able to implement several social policies and programs in Saskatchewan that were later adopted by the rest of Canada. With his relentless pursuit of his radical ideas he changed the way Canada would run as a nation. Many of his programs are still an integral part of Canadian society. Among his many achievements his greatest could be seen as his implementation of Medicare. Although never intending to become a politician, his amazing ability to speak and his exceptional humour made him popular with millions of Canadians. It is clear that Tommy Douglas is the most influential individual on Canadian society.

Tommy Douglas was born in Falkirk, Scotland on October 20th, 1904 to a socialist family with little money.2 Seven years later he and his family moved west to seek a better life and settled in Winnipeg, Canada.3 Shortly after settling in to his new home Tommy was dealt a heavy blow that would effect his life forever. He was diagnosed with osteomyelitis a bone infection at the age of ten.4 With his family living just above the poverty line he was unable to afford a specialist to perform the appropriate operation to save his leg and possibly his life. The only option was to amputate his leg but, before this could be done a visiting specialist offered to operate for free as long as his students were able to watch.5 The surgery was a success and Tommy's leg was saved, this would prove to be a large inspiration in his dream of universally accessible medical care.

"I felt that no boy should have to depend either for his leg or his life upon the ability of his parents to raise enough money to bring a first-class surgeon to his bedside. And I think it was out of this experience, not at the moment consciously, but...

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