Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Tommy Douglas = Greatest Canadian?

Heh, it's been a while since I've done this but my "Mr. Fox Goes Running" post was actually was a 'Greatest Canadian'post. I just forgot to mention it.

So, the next man on our list is named Tommy Douglas. He was a mild-mannered man from Saskatchewan. He introduced universal health care to Canada. Some people might sniff at that and call it Communism. Okay, no, let's take that down a notch. Let's say Socialism. Now, I hear that hush that has fallen onto the computer screen but I'd rather have Medicare than pay $20,000 to fix a broken arm.

Does anyone remember that Bill of Rights? You know, that piece of paper Trudeau is credited with and that revolutionized Canada? Well, Douglas created a Bill of Rights long before Trudeau did.

Here are some other things he's responsible for in his province:
Letting women into bars (if someone can clear up why women weren't allowed in before this in Saskatchewan I'd love to know)
Auto Insurance
Minimum Wage
Paid Vacations
40-hour Work Week

And this quote by him gives you an idea just what kind of guy he was. "My friends, watch out for the little fellow with an idea." He seems to be the kind of person whose ambition is like those old steam engines. It barrels down the tracks and then doesn't even slow down when it hits those guys pounding in the last spike at Craigellachie.

Here's another tidbit, Tommy's son-on-law is named Donald Sutherland and his grandson is named Kiefer Sutherland. Now, do those names sound familiar? Neither looks like the guy on the Quaker Oats box.

One aside, thank you readers. My hit counter says I've hit the 1000 mark in individual IP addresses so that's pretty cool. One other thing. This month, my blog turns one year old. Happy birthday blog!

And for your viewing pleasure. Kief the Chief in a wig. At least, I hope that's not his real hair.

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