Canadian papers and commentators were similarly critical. The Globe and Mail argued: “The doctors of Saskatchewan have taken an action which is not open to any individual within a democracy. They have deliberately decided to disobey a law of that province . . . none has the right to set himself above the law. That way can only lie anarchy, and the destruction of our democratic way of life.” Similarly, the Ottawa Citizen, the Montreal Star and the Winnipeg Free Press all condemned the doctors for failing to heed the voice of the people, while the Toronto Star commented that Ross Thatcher had tried to brand the Medical Care Insurance Act as communist and that this attempt should be rejected since Canada had up to this point managed to avoid the worst excesses of McCarthyism. But the most vehement criticism came from an unexpected source, the Financial Post, on July 14, 1962:
In Saskatchewan, the government’s supporters formed local branches of Saskatchewan Citizens for Medical Care and shared their views through a weekly paper called Public Voice for Medical Care. They also sponsored the creation of community health centres whose focus on salaried service and group practice was expected to eliminate the “cash-register influence” in doctor–patient relationships and to look after “the entire health needs of the individual, the family and the community” (The First Fight for Medicare, p. 12). But this innovation was limited by medical opposition to admitting privileges to local hospitals or membership in local medical societies for clinic doctors.