Some school board trustees in Prince Albert think schools in the region shouldn’t show the recent made-for-TV movie about former premier and medicare founder Tommy Douglas.
Toronto stage actor Michael Therriault played Tommy Douglas in the mini-series.
Members of the Saskatchewan Rivers school board recently held a brief debate in response to a letter from Saskatchewan Party leader Brad Wall objecting to the way former Liberal [Right Wing compared to Tommy Douglas] premier Jimmy Gardiner was portrayed in the two-part movie Prairie Giant: The Tommy Douglas Story.
Some trustees were opposed to having the movie shown in schools, while at least one other raised concerns about censorship, director of education Bill Cooke said Thursday.
However, no action was taken and the letter was simply received and filed, Cooke said.
“Let’s face it, this is a letter from a politician,” he said. “We’re supposed to be above that.”
It’s also a non-issue, he noted, because the movie isn’t on the list of approved classroom resources for the division, which has about 9,500 students.
The movie, which ran in two parts on CBC in March, got some good reviews but it also came under fire for alleged historical inaccuracies.
Wall and Gardiner’s descendants said the movie unfairly casts Gardiner in a negative light.
In one scene, Gardiner berates miners in the 1931 Estevan coal strike in a broadcast to the province and then invites reporters for a drink. But historians say the speech never happened and Gardiner wasn’t premier during the strike. Furthermore, he didn’t drink alcohol.
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