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Why Federalism Matters


Federalism is foundational to how the Canadian government has and continues to function. As such, it is important that federal government employees have a clear understanding of what federalism is and why it matters to our work.

This event will explore how federalism started and evolved, its principles, and how it is used to respond to specific issues faced by countries like Canada. Learn about how Canadian federalism has adapted over the decades to respond to novel and ever changing circumstances.


  • Jenna Bednar, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, University of Michigan
  • Benoît Pelletier, Distinguished University Professor (University of Ottawa)


Charles Breton, Executive Director, Institute for Research on Public Policy's Centre of Excellence on the Canadian Federation

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