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ISU- famous Canadian-Tommy Douglas

Part 1

Tommy Douglas was born in Falkirk Scotland in 1904 and died of cancer on February 24, 1986 in
Ottawa.

At early age, Douglas fell and injured his knee and bone infection flared up and doctor told his parents
his leg would have to be amputated. Fortunately a well-known surgeon took an interest in his case and
agreed to treat the boy for free if his parents would allow medical students to observe.

In 1924, Douglas enrolled at Brandon College and was influenced by the social gospel movement and
liberal minded professors and was extremely active in extracurricular activities and became champion
of debater.

Douglas is widely hailed as the father of Medicare and from 1944 to 1961, he led the first socialist
government in North America and introduced universal public health care to Canada.

Part 2

I would like to chose my famous Canadian who has done something that has significant impact of
defining Canadian value or Canadian identity and bring benefit to all Canadians. I find Tommy
Douglas meets these requirements on three of his achievements. First, he is the first politician that
forms a socialist government in North America. Secondly, he is the first government leader to call for
the constitutional bill of rights. Finally, Tommy Douglas is the father of Canadian universal public
health care. As he recalled his fortunate experience from his early childhood knee injury that health
care should be free to all. He 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. By reading
Tommy Douglas story, I find that a good thing or good idea may take a long time to be accepted by
everyone even though it brings benefit for everyone. For example, Tommy Douglas's call for
constitutional bill of rights is not getting much support until many years later. Early stage of his public
health care proposal was encountered by doctors' strike that nearly bought things to a halt but he did
not abandon his belief. Although I am not interested in politics, I am having similar belief on universal
public health care and I am also a persistent person who will not abandon my belief. I have learned an
interesting period of Canadian history. I have learned how Canada started with public health and who is
the major contributor in this development.

Written by Monica Zhang
Date: 08 Nov, 2009

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