In the comments to one of my blog posts from the distant past, Dr. Norman Schmidt has asked if anyone has a tape of Prairie Giant: the Tommy Douglas Story:
My sister-in-law, a devout CCF/NDP person, born and raised in Saskatchewan has asked me to persue the possibility of someone who had taped-off-the-air CBC story of â€œPrairie Giant: the Tommy Douglas Storyâ€.
She, of course, ordered the DVD directly from the CBC marketing service and was shocked when she got her cheque returned and the advice that the program is â€œNo longer availableâ€.
Are you aware of anyone who may have created such a tape, and would be willing to sell a copy of it?
I look forward to your response.
Dr. Norman E. Schmidt
Lindell Beach, BC
If you do, I’ll be happy to put the two of you in touch. Let me know in the comments.
When CBC management postponed the broadcast of Prairie Giant, the Tommy Douglas bio-pic, they maintained it was because they didn’t want to influence the federal election.
But maybe their current timing isn’t much better. Prairie Giant wound up airing while Bob Rae was publicly mulling a run for the Liberal leadership, and media reports suggested he’ll campaign on a “unite the left” platform. And as Ish Theilheimer at Straightgoods.ca points out, Tommy Douglas is one of Canada’s most enduring reminders of why mice need an alternative to the cat parties:
Canadian politics is not like American politics because an actual movement, born out of need, gave rise to the formation of a popular third party that reshaped the national debate, even if it never won power. However much nostalgia the show may evoke, however tempting the notion of a former NDP Premier as Prime Minister, the program is not a good argument for a Bob Rae-led NDP-Liberal alliance.