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What is the World Federalist Movement?

The World Federalist Movement – Canada (WFMC) is a not-for-profit research, education, and advocacy organization dedicated to achieving more just and effective global governance through the application of the principles of democratic federalism to world affairs.

Strengthening Global Cooperation

Our world faces many challenges, including climate change, mass migrations, pandemics, pollution, financial crises, failed states, the wealth-poverty gap, etc. There is an urgent need for the world’s people and governments to join in achieving a new level of global cooperation, one that can only be sustained by a commitment to the planet as a genuine community. These are large goals, that will be achieved over many years. Each step makes another step possible.

Our Vision

World Federalists are committed to a world that is more just, equitable, peaceful, and democratic, through reformed institutions of global governance. When you join the World Federalist Movement — Canada as a member you are supporting the development of democratic institutions to assure a peaceful, just and ecologically sustainable world.

Our Movement

WFMC is the Canadian member organization of the international World Federalist Movement – Institute for Global Policy (WFM-IGP), co-located in The Hague and New York, near the United Nations. WFMC also works closed with the World Federalist Foundation, a registered Canadian charitable organization. World federalism brings together citizens from a variety of backgrounds and political persuasions.

Recent World Federalist – Canada Presidents include

Dr. Walter Dorn (2016-PRESENT)

Professor of Defence Studies at the Canadian Forces College & the Royal Military College of Canada (2016- )

Hon. Warren Allmand (2006-2016)

Hon. Flora MacDonald (2002-2006)

The Very Rev. Senator Lois M. Wilson (1997-2001)

Hon. Allan Blakeney (1992-1996)

Former Saskatchewan Premier

History of the Movement

Organized Canadian world federalist groups emerged after the Second World War, developing at about the same time as world federalist groups in other countries. The Second World War left Europe devastated, the horror of the Holocaust was revealed, and atomic war, first used on the civilian populations of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, threatened all of humanity. The world federalists understood the structural constraints of the United Nations Organization and the urgent need to develop democratic world institutions that could make and enforce world law.

In 1951, five independent world federalist groups in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg and Saskatoon came together to endorse a national constitution and form the World Federalists of Canada. Formal Government of Canada letters patent were obtained in 1965.   A sister organization, a CRA registered charitable organization, the World Federalist Foundation was established in 1986.

In spite of the frustrations of the Cold War, the World Federalists of Canada (now called World Federalist Movement – Canada) continued to champion step-by-step improvements in the way human society governs itself on a global scale.

Today, two decades after the end of the Cold War, the value in democratically accountable global governance has never been clearer. Our personal lives have become integrated with the life of an emerging world community, and global trends, conditions and patterns tie us to each other and the Earth. Individual citizens have a stake in the outcome of world affairs and ought to have democratic rights over decisions affecting the world community.

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