PREMIER T. C. DOUGLAS (CANADA) - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 08/21/1969 - HFSID 273837
Sale Price $108.00
T.C. DOUGLAS. TLS: "T.C. Douglas" as Leader of Canada's New Democratic Party, 1p, 8½x11. Ottawa, Canada, 1969 August 21. On embossed letterhead of the House of Commons to Mr. Danny Franklin, Sunnyslope, Arizona. In full: "Thank you very much for your letter of August 11th and for your good wishes which I greatly appreciated receiving. I am pleased to comply with your request for an autographed photo and biography. Both are enclosed. With kindest personal regards, Yours sincerely". Enclosures not present. Douglas was the first leader of the New Democratic Party from 1961-1971. Scottish-born Canadian politician Thomas Clement "Tommy" Douglas (1904-1986) was the first socialist leader of a government on the North American continent. Douglas, a former Baptist minister, was a Member of Canada's Parliament (1935-1940, 1962-1979) and served five terms as Premier of Saskatchewan (1944-1961). Douglas was the "father of medicare" in Canada, and he introduced a number of other pioneering concepts while Premier, including the creation of the publicly owned Saskatchewan Power Corp., the creation of Canada's first publicly owned automobile insurance service, legislation that allowed public service employees to unionize and the first Canadian program to offer free hospital care to all citizens. In 2004, Douglas was named "The Greatest Canadian" in a CBC Television contest, edging out such other prominent Canadians as Lester Pearson and Pierre Trudeau. Lightly creased with fold, not at signature. Fine condition.
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