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Tommy Douglas and daughter Shirley

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.

Politician Tommy Douglas and his daughter, actress Shirley Douglas, talk about activism and politics.
Medium: Television
Program: 90 Minutes Live
Broadcast Date: Nov. 28, 1977
Guest(s): Tommy Douglas, Shirley Douglas
Host: Paul Soles
Duration: 9:24

Last updated: November 22, 2012

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