A 21-member delegation of elected officials from Germany recently visited Toronto and Ottawa to learn about federalism and finances in Canada. The delegates, from the German region known as the Land of Baden-Wuerttemberg, were briefed by Forum President George Anderson as well as by officials from the Canadian government’s Auditor General’s office, the Treasury Board of Canada and the Auditor General of Ontario.
The group included senior politicians from the three largest German political parties. Delegates included the Land’s Finance Minister, Gerhard Stratthaus, of the Christian Democratic Party; Ingo Rust, a Social Democrat and chairman of the finance committee of the Baden-Wuerttemberg parliament; Heiderose Berroth, speaker on finance of the Free Democratic Party; and Klaus Herrmann, Christian Democratic Party speaker on finance.
The Forum’s Director for Europe, Felix KnÃ¼pling, presented the delegates with copies of the Forum’s Global Dialogue booklet, Dialogues on the Practice of Fiscal Federalism. The event took place Oct. 3, 2007.