Canadian Healthcare and Shirley Douglas

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With the recent death of actress, activist, and lobbyist Shirley Douglas, AKA Kiefer Sutherland’s mom, I am reminded of just how fortunate we are to have our public Canadian healthcare system. 

Making the Connection

What’s the connection between our healthcare system and Shirley Douglas? Our socialist Canadian healthcare system was founded by Tommy Douglas, who was the former premier of Saskatchewan and federal NDP leader. Tommy Douglas was also Shirley’s father, and therefore Kiefer Sutherland’s maternal grandfather.

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During the 2011 federal election, as a spokesperson of the Canadian Health Coalition, Shirley Douglas offered this advice:

“Let us never forget that the federal government is the guardian and enforcer of the five principles of the Canada Health Act: universality, accessibility, portability, comprehensiveness, and public administration” 

When we are faced with a health crisis like the one we are in the midst of, we Canadians should be especially appreciative of the passion and commitment Shirley Douglas and her father displayed for their vision for public Canadian healthcare. Without their vision, our healthcare might be very different.

While we Canadians are appreciative, citizens from countries without a public healthcare system like ours are most likely quite envious.

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