Tommy Douglas was the Premier of Saskatchewan from 1944 to 1961, the leader of the first socialist government in North America, and the first national leader of the New Democratic Party in Canada. He worked to establish a government-run public health system in the province that became the model for Canada’s national health system. In 2004, voters in a nationally-broadcast contest voted him The Greatest Canadian.
Keifer Sutherland is easily-recognized as actor Donald Sutherland’s son, but his mother is actress Shirley Douglas, the daughter of Tommy Douglas. Keifer Sutherland provides the intro to this animated short set to a recording of a story his grandfather made famous.
At least in Canada.