Historical Development

In 1951, five independent world federalist groups in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg and Saskatoon came together to form the World Federalists of Canada. Canadian world federalist groups had sprung up 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 spite of the frustrations of the Cold War, the World Federalists of Canada continued to champion step-by-step improvements in the way human society governs itself on a global scale.

 Now, ten years after the end of the Cold War, the value in democratic 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.
World Federalists of Canada
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