Contemporary Issues in Canadian Federalism Series: Federations Around the World – Comparing Canada and Switzerland (TRN5-E34)

Product code: TRN5-E34

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April 22, 2024


1:30 pm to 3:00 pm (ET)

French, with interpretation in English

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1.5 hours



All public servants at all levels



Today, almost 40% of the world’s population live within 28 federal states. The evolution of federalism globally, and the emergence of variants of federalism, have an impact on Canada's position on the world stage. The various ways and forms in which federalism exists and functions allow Canada to learn and draw inspiration from other federations.

This last event in the series will look at Canada's place in the world and compare it with that of Switzerland as well as address issues of intergovernmental relations and shared governance among federations by assessing what is happening in our two countries.

Participants will learn about the different models of federalism and gain an informed understanding of the possibility of reform.

Learn more about The Living Tree: Contemporary Issues in Canadian Federalism Series.


  • Sean Müller, Assistant Professor, Institute of Political Studies, University of Lausanne
  • Johanna Schnabel, Ph.D., Chair of German Politics, Researcher and Lecturer, Otto-Suhr Institute of Political Science, Freie Universität, Berlin


  • André Lecours, Professor, School of Political Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ottawa
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