Right Wingers HATE Tommy Douglas Movie
In a desperate attempt to discredit the film, certain persons are claiming that former Saskatchewan Premier Jimmy Gardiner was not fairly portrayed. Apparently, Mr. Gardiner was a tea-tottler and there was a scene in the film where he invites the reporters to come to his office and have a drink. This has angered some because they believe Mr. Gardiner was inaccurately portrayed as a drinker of alcoholic spirits. There was a further dramatization concerning the events of the Estevan Coal Miners strike - text was attributed to Mr. Gardiner which historically could not have occurred.
As a result, those who desperately do not want the film used for educational purposes are seething. They do not want any part of the history of Tommy Douglas taught in our schools. While I do have sympathy for the postion of the Gardiner family and other purist history buffs, I do not appreciate the enemies of public health care using this as a reason to distract us from the accomplishments of Tommy Douglas. This would clearly be a case of throwing the baby out with the bathwater.
If you want to kill medicare and reinstate 'for profit / free enterprise' healthcare, then you probably don't want any students learning about the struggle to implement Medicare.