Prairie Giant: The Tommy Douglas Story (2006)

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A mini-series based on the work of Canadian political icon Tommy Douglas.

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In 1930s Saskatchewan, a small town parish has a new young new pastor, Tommy Douglas. However, for all his regular duties, which include boxing lessons, Tommy sees the poverty and injustice around him which seem beyond his power to address with the pulpit. With that in mind, Douglas enters politics with the socialist Canadian Commonwealth Federation and starts a career where his steadfast idealism runs headlong into the powerful opposition of the rich and the powerful. Despite the long odds, Douglas' new calling would soon make him a leader that would transform Canada and have him hailed as the greatest Canadian of all. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Gigante da Planície: A História de Tommy Douglas  »

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The wolf from Paul Gross's series Due South, Diefenbaker, was named after John G. Diefenbaker, who was Canada's 13th Prime Minister, which is the role played here by Gross. See more »

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When Tommy Douglas is convincing Clarence Fines to handle his campaign for the CCF (which dates the scene to around 1943 or 1944), China is labeled a "Communist country" on the blackboard in Fines's classroom. The revolution that established the Communist Party as the government of China wasn't until 1949. See more »

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Tommy Douglas: My friends, watch out for the little fellow with an idea.
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Referenced in Corner Gas: Bend It Like Brent (2008) See more »

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Good for what it was
13 March 2006 | by (Ottawa Canada) – See all my reviews

This film was OK, but took too many liberties for my liking. Parliamentary debates are not as they were portrayed in the first segment and one quotation attributed to Douglas was actually said by Ontario Premier Mitch Hepburn about a decade earlier.

I was disappointed that the second part glossed over Tommy's years as leader of the New Democratic Party. We see him defeated in 1962 and then suddenly it's 1983.

That being said, I was glad to see the emphasis on Irma Douglas's role behind the scenes. The NDP was in many ways a family affair, with wives just a vital an influence as their more famous husbands.

And anything would beat another show with Ben Mulroney or another episode of Falcon Beach!


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