Thomas Clement Douglas, 1904-1986, Canadian MP and Premier (Governor) of Saskatchewan, Leader of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation, Baptist Minister, Debate, House of Commons, Ottawa, Ontario, March 22, 1943
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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.