February 28, 2009 4:13 PM Subscribe
posted by Jaybo (20 comments total)
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Urban legend has it that the province of Saskatchewan, Canada appeared in red in some 1950's American social studies textbooks, along with other "communist" countries such as Russia, China and Cuba.
It is true that Saskatchewan's "natural governing party", the socialistic New Democratic Party
have held power in the province for 47 of the last 65 years
. And it's true that the NDP's most famous leader (and Canada's Greatest Canadian
), Tommy Douglas, brought universal healthcare to the province, an achievement which paved the way for it to come to the rest of Canada.
But now, after suffering their worst defeat in 20 years
, Saskatchewan's New Democratic Party is searching for a new leader...
So far, the declared candidates include a former Deputy Premier
, a current MLA
and a lawyer who ha served behind-the-scenes
as the party's president. Oh, and a young
, community organizing doctor
who some are calling "Saskatchewan's Obama
There are lots of parallels, not least of which that he's definitely got the cool vibe