In 2004, Tommy Douglas easily topped a CBC television poll as "The Greatest Canadian" because of his preeminent role in the introduction of medicare in the 1960s. But Tommy Douglas did not accomplish all that he did on his own. Regrettably, the people who helped make his accomplishments possible have been largely overlooked, forgotten, or simply ignored. Tommy's Team offers an unprecedented look at the people who played a significant, and often influential role in his path to become one of the most successful political leaders of his era. Tommy Douglas and his achievement have long been recognized. It is time to turn the spotlight on the people behind the stage and in the wings. This book is their curtain call.
A specialist in western and northern Canadian history, Bill Waiser joined the Department of History at the University of Saskatchewan in 1984 and served as department head from 1995-1998. He was Yukon Historian for the Canadian Parks Service prior to his university appointment.
C. S. Houston received his MD from the University of Manitoba in 1951, specialized in radiology, and taught at the College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, from 1955 to 1996, where he was the head of the department of medical imaging from 1982 to 1987. Houston edited the Journal of the Canadian Association of Radiology for five years.