The Building of a Canadian Identity: Tommy Douglas and Sir Sanford Fleming

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Canada has been the vanguard of social and technological progression in the last 140 years. Sir Sandford Fleming and Thomas “Tommy” Clement Douglas’s innovative ideas created a change in Canadian society, which helped modernize and federate Canada. Fleming’s railway accomplishments united and modernize the provinces of Canada economically through trade and transportation with the railway. Likewise, Douglas’s prominent government initiated universal health care in order to alleviate the cost of medical care by as a province, distribute the expense among the population. Sir Sandford Fleming put lots of devotion into his countries development. Fleming had a purpose for wanting a postage stamp because he felt the process of waiting in a long line to get your mail weighted was an inefficient use of time (Hehner 9). He decided to approach the Postmaster-General, James Norris, with a proposal to produce a stamp (Hehner 9). The stamp was eventually made and Sandford was given the honour of designing the stamp and Canada’s first stamp was named the threepenny beaver and it was worth three pennies (Hehner 9). The innovative creation of the stamp was evoked by Fleming and effectively enhanced communication through mail. It efficiently reduced waiting time, encouraged mailing and connection because it was now easier. Furthermore, Sir Sandford Fleming, a skilled surveyor, felt that it was important for Canadians to be affiliated. When he first proposed his idea for a nationwide railway system, the colonial government denied his idea saying that Canada was not ready for such an ambitious project (Hehner 10). However, after Fleming’s impressive work on the Ontario, Simcoe and Huron railway, he was selected for five major Canadian railways including the Canadian Pacific Railway and the Intercolonial Railway (Hehner 9). The project of the CPR began and Fleming was appointed as Chief Surveyor of the CPR until he retired from the project in 1880 (Regehr 791). Fleming’s...
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