"Every single one of us can make our difference felt in the little corner where we live." -- Tommy Douglas

"Tommy Douglas doesn't have to kiss babies. Babies kiss him." -- TIME magazine

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It was never a bestseller. But if Tommy Douglas really is the greatest Canadian, as determined by a national 2004 CBC poll, surely Tommy Douglas Speaks: Till Power is Brought to Pooling (1979), edited by L.D. (Dale) Lovick, qualifies as a literary benchmark in the realm of B.C. books by politicians. It contains full texts or excerpts from 35 speeches spanning Douglas' 42-year political career.

Lovick was a professor of English and Canadian Studies at Malaspina College when he edited this B.C.-published collection of speeches. He cites Douglas' valiant denunciations of the War Measures Act ("his finest hour";), the sell-off of Canada's oil and gas, and the Columbia River Treaty.

Lovick describes Douglas as a classic liberal because "he believes that human beings are created good and are corrupted by the society and environment they inhabit."; Some of the quotations from Douglas reveal his sparkling wit. "When a Yankee trader tells you that you are a tough negotiator,"; he said, "you know you have been taken to the cleaners.";


FULL ENTRY:

Born in Vancouver, Lovick gained Master's degrees from the University of British Columbia and Carleton University. As a professor of English and Canadian Studies at Malaspina College, he edited a collection of speeches by former federal NDP leader Tommy Douglas entitled Tommy Douglas Speaks: Till Power is Brought to Pooling (Oolichan Books, 1979). It contains full texts or excerpts from 35 speeches spanning Douglas' 42-year political career. According to Lovick, Tommy Douglas was a classic liberal because "he believes that human beings are created good and are corrupted by the society and environment they inhabit." Lovick cites Douglas' valiant denunciations of the War Measures Act ("his finest hour"), the selling off Canada's oil and gas, and the Columbia River Treaty. Some of the quotations from Douglas reveal his sparkling wit. "When a Yankee trader tells you that you are a tough negotiator," he once said, "you know you have been taken to the cleaners." He also observed, "[My grandmother] had such long and beautiful hair that her boast was that she could sit on her hair. Now I have a daughter who can't sit on her skirts. There is a generation gap."

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BOOKS:

Tommy Douglas Speaks: Till Power is Brought to Pooling (Oolichan Books, 1979)

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