Who Else Wants Tommy Douglas on the new Canadian five dollar bill?

Nominate the "Father Of Medicare" to appear on Canada's next $5 bank note.


The deadline for submitting your nomination is March 11, 2020.

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2020/03/11 - Deadline for submissions

The Bank Of Canada is looking for the next bank NOTE-able Canadian to be on the new five dollar bill

You’re invited to nominate an iconic Canadian to appear on the next $5 bank note.  And, we believe that Canadian should be Tommy Douglas, the "Father of Medicare" in Canada.

I came to believe that health services ought not to have a price tag on them, and that people should be able to get whatever health services they required irrespective of their individual capacity to pay.
-Tommy Douglas-

Tommy Douglas is “The Father of Medicare.”  His belief in the importance of universal medical care has saved millions of Canadians from having to choose between their homes and their life. Americans know the agony that comes with that type of decision. Tommy has saved all Canadians from that type of agony.

Tommy saw his Medicare plan enacted in Saskatchewan in 1962 and later by the federal Pearson government in 1966. His social activism inspired many Canadians from coast to coast.

Douglas was defined by his altruism and his belief that the role of government is to help create a better society and a better Canada. 

Tommy Douglas is the historic Canadian who should appear on the new $5 note.

Tommy Douglas for new canadian five dollar bill

Tommy Douglas

20 October 1904 – 24 February 1986

Canadian politician who served as Premier of Saskatchewan from 1944 to 1961 and Leader of the New Democratic Party from 1961 to 1971. A Baptist minister, he was elected to the House of Commons of Canada in 1935 as a member of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF). He left federal politics to become Leader of the Saskatchewan Co-operative Commonwealth Federation and then the seventh Premier of Saskatchewan. His cabinet was the first democratic socialist government in North America and it introduced the continent's first single-payer, universal health care program, commonly known as Medicare.

After setting up Saskatchewan's Medicare program, Douglas stepped down and ran to lead the newly formed federal New Democratic Party (NDP), the successor party of the national CCF. He was elected as its first federal leader in 1961. Although Douglas never led the party to government, through much of his tenure the party held the balance of power in the House of Commons. He resigned as leader in 1971, but remained as a Member of Parliament until 1979.

Douglas was awarded many honorary degrees, and a foundation was named for him and his political mentor M. J. Coldwell in 1971. In 1981, he was invested into the Order of Canada, and he became a member of Canada's Privy Council in 1984, two years before his death. In 2004, a CBC Television program named Tommy Douglas "The Greatest Canadian", based on a Canada-wide, viewer-supported survey. 

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An honour for a Great Canadian

The idea of having Tommy Douglas on the face of the new Canadian five dollar bill came about when my friend, Ron Woznow and myself, Robin Murray were talking about some of the wonderful things that Tommy accomplished for the people of Saskatchewn and Canada over his career.  

Over a 17 year period while he was Premier of Saskatchewan he and his government: 
-Douglas and the Saskatchewan CCF then went on to win five straight majority victories in all subsequent Saskatchewan provincial elections up to 1960
-the creation of the publicly owned Saskatchewan Power Corporation
-the creation of Canada's first publicly owned automotive insurance service
-the creation of a large number of crown corporations including the Sask. Transportation Co.
-legislation that allowed the unionization of the public service
-a program to offer free hospital care to all citizens—the first in North America
-passage of the Saskatchewan Bill of Rights, legislation that broke new ground as it protected both fundamental freedoms and equality rights against abuse not only by government actors but also on the part of powerful private institutions and persons

Douglas's number one concern was the creation of Medicare. He introduced medical insurance reform in his first term, and gradually moved the province towards universal medicare near the end of his last term. In the summer of 1962, Saskatchewan became the centre of a hard-fought struggle between the provincial government, the North American medical establishment, and the province's physicians, who brought things to a halt with the 1962 Saskatchewan doctors' strike. The doctors believed their best interests were not being met and feared a significant loss of income as well as government interference in medical care decisions even though Douglas agreed that his government would pay the going rate for service that doctors charged. The medical establishment claimed that Douglas would import foreign doctors to make his plan work and used racist images to try to scare the public.

Douglas is widely known as the father of Medicare, but the Saskatchewan universal program was finally launched by his successor, Woodrow Lloyd, in 1962. Douglas stepped down as premier and as a member of the legislature the previous year, to lead the newly formed federal successor to the CCF, the New Democratic Party of Canada (NDP).

The success of the province's public health care program was not lost on the federal government. Another Saskatchewan politician, newly elected Prime Minister John Diefenbaker, decreed in 1958 that any province seeking to introduce a hospital plan would receive 50 cents on the dollar from the federal government. In 1962, Diefenbaker appointed Justice Emmett Hall—also of Saskatchewan, a noted jurist and Supreme Court Justice—to Chair a Royal Commission on the national health system—the Royal Commission on Health Services. In 1964, Justice Hall recommended a nationwide adoption of Saskatchewan's model of public health insurance. In 1966, the Liberal minority government of Lester B. Pearson created such a program, with the federal government paying 50% of the costs and the provinces the other half. The adoption of public health care across Canada ended up being the work of three men with diverse political ideals – Douglas of the CCF, Diefenbaker of the Progressive Conservatives, and Pearson of the Liberals. 

It was a few weeks after our conversation that we were talking again and Ron said we should try to do something to get Tommy recognized in some way publicly such as getting his portrait on a new Canadian dollar bill sometime in the future.

I thought this was a great idea.  So, over the next couple of months I did a bit of digging around on how to go about this and what the Bank of Canada would be looking for.  There was not a lot of time for me to do much looking around as it was a very busy time of the year for me but I did find a bit of info out.

And then last month, the Governor of the Bank Of Canada announced that they were going to be updating the Five dollar bill (bank note).

We were ecstatic and knew that this was the opportunity to get Tommy Douglas on a new Canadian dollar bill.

Last week the Bank of Canada released the details of what they are looking for and gave a deadline of March 11, 2020 for people to submit names to be considered.  You can read more about it here and nominate Tommy Douglas there, too. 

The Bank Of Canada Call for nominations

They want to know which Canadian you’d like to see on our next $5 bank note.
Nominees must meet these basic criteria:


They are a Canadian by birth or naturalization who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, achievement, or distinction in any field, benefiting the people of Canada, or in the service of Canada.


They have been deceased for at least 25 years (before March 11, 1995).


They are not a fictional character.


The deadline for submitting nominations is March 11, 2020.


You can also explain why you nominated an individual and provide images or symbols you associate with them.

We are all in this world together, and the only test of our character that matters is how we look after the least fortunate among us. How we look after each other, not how we look after ourselves. That's all that really matters, I think.
-Tommy Douglas-

How You Can Help

-Nominate Tommy by clicking on button below and let the Bank Of Canada know you'd like to see him on the new $5 bill.
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