Keifer Sutherland started his 48 day jail sentence for his third drunk driving conviction on Dec. 5th. Sutherland is known as the character, Jack Bauer, in the television series, ’24’. But Canadians know who he really is.
Keifer Sutherland is the grandson of Tommy Douglas, father of Canada’s universal medicare system.
Sutherland’s grandfather was also the leader of North America’s first socialist government.

Keifer Sutherland was born to Shirley Douglas, the only biological child of Tommy Douglas. An actor herself, Shirley Douglas gave birth to Keifer and his twin sister, Rachel, when she was married to actor Donald Sutherland.

Keifer Sutherland is not the only star in the family. Tommy Douglas was voted “The Greatest Canadian” of all time in a televised contest hosted by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in 2004. And he had been dead for decades.


Douglas was known as a modest man. He wasn’t above giving a speech standing in the back of a farmer’s manure spreader, although he did joke that he was standing on the platform of the opposition. And he always took the position that if it wasn’t for the hard-working grassroots people promoting him, he wouldn’t be in the position he was in. Some of that was his Saskatchewan upbringing: in Saskatchewan, you never act like you’re better than anybody else.

You can see that lack of snobbery in Keifer Sutherland….

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