|German name||Liga der Tessiner|
|French name||Ligue des Tessinois|
|Italian name||Lega dei Ticinesi|
Via Monte Boglia 3, |
Right-wing populism Euroscepticism|
2 / 200
|Council of States||
0 / 46
21 / 90
In 1991, after some public campaigning in the Sunday journal Mattino della Domenica against political power and use of public money, the editor Giuliano Bignasca and the director Flavio Maspoli founded the Ticino League to continue the fight at the political level. Bignasca (1945–2013) was the League's "president for life".
The League is one of four major parties in the canton, alongside FDP.The Liberals, the Christian Democratic People's Party, and the Social Democratic Party. Since 1991, the party has been represented in the National Council and in the five-member cantonal Ticino executive (the Council of State, Consiglio di Stato) with two seats. In the 90-seat Ticino legislature, (the Grand Council, Gran Consiglio) the party has 21 seats.
At the federal election in 2011, the party won 0.8% of the popular vote and secured 2 out of 200 seats in the Swiss National Council (the first chamber of the Swiss parliament), doubling their representation compared to the single seat they held in 2007 with 0,5% of the vote. In the 2015 election, the Ticino League slightly increased their share of the national vote to 1.0% and kept their two seats in parliament. The party is not represented in the second chamber nor on the executive body of the nation.
- Mazzoleni, Oscar (2005). Multi-Level Populism and Centre-Periphery Cleavage in Switzerland: The Case of the Lega dei Ticinesi. Challenges to Consensual Politics: Democracy, Identity, and Populist Protest in the Alpine Region. Brussels: P.I.E.-Peter Lang. pp. 209–228.
- Official website (in Italian)