Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Great Canadians

Six weeks ago, the CBC asked Who is the Greatest Canadian?

Over a hundred and forty thousand nominations from across the country were narrowed down to ten contenders, and tonight Canadians voted for Tommy Douglas.

"Tommy Douglas was the most influential politician never to be elected Prime Minister. He pursued his radical ideas relentlessly until they became so mainstream rival politicians claimed them as their own. Called a communist and threatened by in-party fighting, Douglas battled hard to bring the New Democratic Party to legitimacy in its first ten years. He was often criticized for his singular idealism but through it all Douglas was undeterred, convinced that he was helping to create a better, more humane society."

I love my country.

PS - also check out Rick Mercer's interview with new MP and Conservative Health Critic Steven Fletcher. Not only does Steven support universal healthcare (see above quote) but he gets to use really cool technologies!

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