Tommy Shoyama dies – Great Asian Canadian helped create Canada's universal health care

Tommy Shoyama dies – Great Asian Canadian helped create Canada's universal health care

Tommy Shoyama was born in Kamloops BC.  He was the editor of “The New Canadian” a Japanese-Canadian journal at the time of mass hysteria against the Japanese, and the internment of coastal Japanese Canadians.  After the war, Shoyama worked in Saskatchewan with Tommy Douglas, helping to create the universal health care system that became the template for Canada.  Shoyama was a nation builder for Canada following a time, when Canada and BC tried its utmost to destroy the Japanese Canadian community.

Here are some of the obituaries:


Guelph Mercury (subscription)
Shoyama helped create universal health care
London Free Press, Canada - 29 Dec 2006
By CP. VICTORIA — Thomas Shoyama, who helped create the universal health care system as a deputy minister for Tommy Douglas, has died.
Thomas Shoyama, widely respected civil servant, dies Regina Leader-Post
Veteran senior civil servant dies at age 90 Vancouver Province (subscription)
Thomas Shoyama played a key role in health-care debates Guelph Mercury (subscription)
CBC British Columbia - Canada.com
all 10 news articles »
Civil servant who helped build universal health care dies
A former senior official in Tommy Douglas's Saskatchewan government who played a
role in the creation of medicare
has died. Thomas Shoyama died Friday in

www.cbc.ca/news/story/2006/12/28/health-pioneer.html – 27k – 2006-12-28

Pioneer of universal health care
Montreal Gazette (subscription), Canada - 23 hours ago
Thomas Shoyama, who helped create the universal health care system as a deputy minister for Tommy Douglas, has died. Registered

Civil servant who helped create medicare dies at 90
Victoria Times Colonist, Canada - 27 Dec 2006
Thomas Shoyama,
one of Canada’s most respected civil servants, who helped create the
modern universal health care system as a deputy minster for Tommy Douglas

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