Canada: The Question of Consent

The Swiss-born jurist, Jean Louis DeLolme, once declared that a British legislature "can do everything except make a woman into a man or a man into a woman." Last week, as angry doctors in the western Canadian province of Saskatchewan went into the second week of their strike against a new, compulsory state medical insurance plan, Premier Woodrow Lloyd's socialist government stoutly refused to give way on its plan. But the emerging question was whether—as happened with Prohibition—any legislation can be effective without the consent of the people it most closely concerns.

When the original socialized medicine proposals were drawn up...

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