Tommy Douglas

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Tommy Douglas (October 20, 1904 – February 24, 1986) was a Canadian Christian Minister and politician, who was heavily influenced by the Social Gospel.[1] He was the founder of the left-wing New Democratic Party (the successor of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation) and was a strong proponent of universal healthcare. He was recently voted the Greatest Canadian of All Time. Douglas is credited with the implementation of universal healthcare in Canada. See : Canadian Healthcare. Said of Douglas "He pursued his radical ideas relentlessly until they became so mainstream rival politicians claimed them as their own".

He was the grandfather of actor Kiefer Sutherland, star of 24.[2]