50th anniversary of Saskatchewan's Medical Care Insurance act
OTTAWA, June 29, 2012 /CNW/ - Canada Post today issued a stamp to honour
Tommy Douglas, the father of universal medicare in Canada. The stamp
marks the 50th anniversary of the passing of Saskatchewan's 1962 Medical Care
Tommy Douglas was born in Scotland in 1904 and came to Canada with his
family in 1910 and settled in Winnipeg. Growing up poor, he developed
an infection that would have cost him his leg had his father not met a
generous surgeon who agreed to treat Tommy for free, provided his
students could observe. Through this experience, he realized the need
for all to have access to medical care.
"As Canadians we take many things for granted, including universal
health care," said Jim Phillips, Director of Stamp Services for Canada
Post. It's an honour to recognize the 50th anniversary of
Saskatchewan's Medical Care Insurance Act and the man who made it all
The leader of the first socialist government in North America, Tommy
Douglas brought massive change to the province of Saskatchewan and led
the way for many social reforms in the rest of Canada. Tommy Douglas is
considered the Canadian "father of medicare." In 1947 Tommy Douglas
introduced universal hospitalization in Saskatchewan and in 1959
announced a Medicare plan for Saskatchewan. Douglas died in 1986 and in
2004 CBC viewers voted him as "The Greatest Canadian."
Stamp designer Derwyn Goodall strived to honour Yousuf Karsh's classic
portrait of Douglas while providing a modern backdrop showcasing the
complexity and humane aspect of Canada's medical profession.
About the stamp
The stamp measures 40 mm x 32 mm (horizontal) with 13+ perforations and
is printed by Lowe-Martin on Tullis Russell paper using lithography in
7 colours plus varnish. They are general tagged on all four sides. The
official first day cover will be cancelled in Weyburn, Saskatchewan.
The stamps are available in panes of 16 stamps.
Additional information about Canadian stamps can be found in the news
section of Canada Post's website, and photos of these new stamps are
also available. Stamps and other products will be available at
participating post offices, or can be ordered online by following the
links at canadapost.ca/collecting, or by mail order from the National
Philatelic Centre. From Canada and the USA, call toll-free
1-800-565-4362, and from other countries, call 902 863-6550.
Image with caption: "Tommy Douglas. (CNW Group/Canada Post)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120629_C5382_PHOTO_EN_15858.jpg
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