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Tommy Douglas and the NDP: 'Our economy is not expanding rapidly enough!'

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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Tommy Douglas speaks about the economy, unemployment and inflation.
Medium: Radio
Program: Political Broadcasts
Broadcast Date: May 1, 1962
Guest(s): Tommy douglas
Duration: 19:26

Last updated: December 10, 2012

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