Tommy Douglass Biography Essay

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Ever wonder why you have free health care? Well Tommy Douglas is the answer. In this speech I’m going to tell you about his childhood, what lead him to be named the greatest Canadian in CBC poll, The Greatest Canadian of all time by voters across Canada and the Father of Medicare, his achievements and failures and some of his other jobs and the education he needed. Firstly, his childhood was very normal. Some information about him is that his full name is Thomas Clement Douglas, he was born on October 20th 1904 in Falkirk, Scotland, But moved to Canada in 1909. Next, His parents are Annie Clement and Thomas Douglas, he grew up as an only child. his father was an iron moulder who fought in the Boer war in 1910 after that his family emigrated to Canada, where they settled in Winnipeg, shortly after he left Scotland, he broke his right knee, Osteomyelitis was found…show more content…
Tommy Douglas, just like any other person had a lot of problems to deal with before he became “the greatest Canadian.” Starting from the beginning, it was hard enough for him to leave his home country (Scotland), but that wasn’t it, he then had to leave school at the age of 14 and become a soap boy to support his family after he decided to switch from being a Baptist member to a Politician, and when he finally achieved his goals, he was yet again faced with a new set of problems, for example: Some reacted against the new ideas, some people hated the idea of having free health care given to everyone which makes no sense. He was unsuccessful in the 1934 Saskatchewan elections. He was labelled a “Red” and a “Communist” by his political opponents. Although he had a lot of reasons to quit, he also had a lot of achievements that made him the man we all respect and look up to; some of them are that on Nov. 29, 2004, Tommy Douglas was named The Greatest Canadian of all time by voters across
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