Thomas Clement Douglas

Thomas Clement Douglas
Thomas Clement Douglas
  • Born: October 20, 1904
  • Died: February 24, 1986
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Thomas Clement Douglas PC CC SOM was a Canadian politician who served as Premier of Saskatchewan from 1944 to 1961 and Leader of the New Democratic Party from 1961 to 1971. A Baptist minister, he was elected to the House of Commons of Canada in 1935 as a member of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF). He left federal politics to become Leader of the Saskatchewan Co-operative Commonwealth Federation and then the seventh Premier of Saskatchewan. His cabinet was the first social democrat government in North America and it introduced the continent's first single-payer, universal health care program.

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Hungry children should be fed whether they are Black Panthers or White Republicans Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
I am convinced that inside two or three years both the doctors who provide the service and the people who receive the survice will be so completely satisfied with it that no government would dare to take it way. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
I would be the last person to argue that people do not have the right, if they want to commit to spend part of their rent, for either alcohol or tobacco or entertainment, or anything else. Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs
If we can afford large sums of money or other such things as horseracing, and motion picture films, and we do—I'm not arguing against them—then I say we ought to have sufficient sense of values to say that health is more important than these things, and if we can find money for relatively non-essential things, we can find the money to give our people good health. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
In Washington they have their hawks and doves and in Ottawa we have our parrots. Liberals & Conservatives
No nation can survive politically free but economically enslaved. Freedom & Liberty ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
The capitalist system did not produce the machine age; the machine age produced the capitalist system. The material prosperity that the world has enjoyed for the last seventy-five years or one hundred years has been due to the introduction of power; steam power, then electric power and the internal combustion engine. The capitalist system or the free enterprise system - the terms are synonymous and interchangeable - was the product of the power age. The capitalist system did not produce the power age. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs ;Energy ;Capitalism
The greatest way to defend democracy is to make it work. Democracies & Republics
The inescapable fact is that when we build a society based on greed, selfishness, and ruthless competition, the fruits we can expect to reap are economic insecurity at home and international discord abroad. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs ;Capitalism
Those who want to burn books are either afraid of the ideas contained within the covers or they haven't the courage to stand up for the views which they themselves profess to hold. Freedom & Liberty
When we're talking about medical care we're talking about our sense of values. Do we think human life is important? Do we think that the best medical care which is available is something to which people are entitled, by virtue of belonging to a civilized community? Health, Healthcare & Medicine
Will it be a great source of comfort to certain Canadian boys to know that the bullet that maimed them for life was made from Canadian nickel sold by the International Nickel Company? Business, Commerce & Finance