A mini-series based on the work of Canadian political icon Tommy Douglas.
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 Irma Douglas 2 episodes, 2006
George Alexander ...
 Legislative Guard 2 episodes, 2006
Ryland Alexander ...
 Mike Luschenko 2 episodes, 2006
Kent Allen ...
 Speaker of the House 2 episodes, 2006
Wendy Anderson ...
 KDD Lady #1 2 episodes, 2006
Sharon Bakker ...
 Anne Douglas 2 episodes, 2006
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 Mr. Fortier 2 episodes, 2006
Tammy Rae Beltrami ...
 Miner Woman 2 episodes, 2006
Robert Benz ...
 RCMP officer 2 episodes, 2006
Ian Black ...
 Tommy Douglas Sr. 2 episodes, 2006
Mackenzie Blaisdell ...
 Shirley - Age 10 2 episodes, 2006
Lee Boyes ...
 SGI Agent 2 episodes, 2006
Kathryn Bracht ...
 Lloyd's Secretary 2 episodes, 2006
Matt Burgess ...
 Young Doctor 2 episodes, 2006
Brent Carver ...
 Secretary Balsam 2 episodes, 2006
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 50th Anniversery Announcer 2 episodes, 2006
Derrick Davidson ...
 William Patterson 2 episodes, 2006
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 MJ Coldwell 2 episodes, 2006
Camille Devine ...
Madison Dewalt ...
Kim Ehman ...
 Mrs. Fortier 2 episodes, 2006
Kimberly Elek ...
 Young Church Girl 2 episodes, 2006
Jean Freeman ...
 Tommy's Neighbour 2 episodes, 2006
Brad Grass ...
 TV Anchor 2 episodes, 2006
George Grassick ...
 Manure Dumping Farmer 2 episodes, 2006
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Kelly Handerek ...
 Gardiner's Aide 2 episodes, 2006
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 Cameraman for Press 2 episodes, 2006
Kristina Hughes ...
 Farm Wife 2 episodes, 2006
Lindsay Ruth Hunt ...
Cheryl Jack ...
 Female Doctor 2 episodes, 2006
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 Lally Lawson 2 episodes, 2006
Andy Jones ...
 Mackenzie King 2 episodes, 2006
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 KOD Lady #2 2 episodes, 2006
Daniel MacDonald ...
 War Medical Doctor 2 episodes, 2006
Christine MacInnis ...
 Adult Shirley 2 episodes, 2006
Ian MacLean ...
 Mine Owner 2 episodes, 2006
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 Jimmie Gardiner 2 episodes, 2006
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 Tommy's Doctor's Receptionist 2 episodes, 2006
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 BienFait Woman 2 episodes, 2006
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 Clarence Fines 2 episodes, 2006
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 Lead Reporter 2 episodes, 2006
Marion Mills ...
 Woman Park Commerical 2 episodes, 2006
Walter Mills ...
 JS Woodsworth 2 episodes, 2006
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 Woodrow Lloyd 2 episodes, 2006
Kent Nolan ...
 Danny Reeves 2 episodes, 2006
Mike O'Brien ...
 Deacon Marks 2 episodes, 2006
Tom O'Hara ...
 Capitalist 2 episodes, 2006
Shannon Ozimy ...
 Screaming Woman 2 episodes, 2006
Jane Redlyon ...
 Mrs. Babitch 2 episodes, 2006
Rob Roy ...
 Moderator Weyburn Arena 2 episodes, 2006
Winston Schroeder ...
 Unemployed Mike 2 episodes, 2006
Troy Skog ...
 Means Inspector / ... 2 episodes, 2006
Ruth Smilie ...
 KOD Lady #3 2 episodes, 2006
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 Dr. Moulds 2 episodes, 2006
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 Charlie Lawson 2 episodes, 2006
Les Vandor ...
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 Banker McCarthy 2 episodes, 2006
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 Jack Corman 2 episodes, 2006
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Storyline

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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12 March 2006 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Gigante da Planície: A História de Tommy Douglas  »

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CAD 1,800,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The steam locomotive which turns up in several places is an original CPR Hudson which was restored in Vancouver by CP employees with the help of the company and which has crossed the country on PR tours. The second car is actually a machine shop on wheels for possible repairs enroute and would not have been part of a CP passenger train in those days. The coaches, part of the touring train, are post war and would not have been in service in the thirties or forties. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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People need to get their facts straight
27 September 2007 | by See all my reviews

I was upset to see that this movie did not give credit where credit is due. That is, Matthew Anderson was not named as co-creator of the health care system in Canada. Matt Anderson took a small step for his rural municipality of McKillop which became a giant leap for our nation.

In 1939, at the provocation of Matt Anderson of Regional Municipality McKillop, the Municipal and Medical Hospital Services Act was enacted, allowing municipalities to levy a personal tax to finance medical services. When the CCF government came to power in 1944, their platform called for comprehensive health insurance. The Hospital Insurance Act came into effect on January 1, 1947, ensuring every citizen of the province hospital care without a charge. Tommy Douglas insisted on a small annual premium to help finance this insurance. The introduction of hospital insurance in Saskatchewan paved the way for the introduction of medical insurance.

I encourage you to do an internet search for Matt Anderson of Bulyea, Saskatchewan to discover why he should be known as the "Grandfather of Medicare" in Canada.


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