VANCOUVER — Actor Kiefer Sutherland will play his grandfather Tommy Douglas, the Saskatchewan politician who introduced Medicare to Canada, in a four-hour miniseries for CBC television.
Actor and political activist Shirley Douglas, Kiefer’s mother and Tommy’s daughter, will be creative consultant for the series, to air in the 2004-05 season. Director will be John N. Smith.
Douglas led the first socialist government in North America as premier of Saskatchewan for 17 years, then became the founding leader of the federal New Democratic Party and served in Ottawa from 1961-71. He also introduced no-fault auto insurance in North America and free medical, hospital and dental services for pensioners. Douglas died in 1986.