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Tommy Douglas and the NDP: A nice radical

Tommy Douglas was the most influential politician never to be elected Prime Minister. He pursued his radical ideas relentlessly until they became so mainstream rival politicians claimed them as their own. Called a communist and threatened by in-party fighting, Douglas battled hard to bring the New Democratic Party to legitimacy in its first ten years. He was often criticized for his singular idealism but through it all Douglas was undeterred, convinced that he was helping to create a better, more humane society. In 2004, Douglas was voted number one in CBC's The Greatest Canadian contest.

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CBC Radio interviews Tommy Douglas about his career in politics, his friendly demeanor, and his commitment to social welfare.
Medium: Radio
Program: CBC Radio News
Broadcast Date: May 24, 1964
Guest(s): Tommy Douglas
Host: Percy Saltzman
Duration: 32:59

Last updated: December 10, 2012

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