- Senate and House of Commons debates. (Complete transcripts).
- Order and Notice Papers. The Order Paper and Notice Paper documents are published each day the House sits. The Order Paper is essentially an agenda of items to be considered by the House and the Notice Paper includes all substantive matters expected to be discussed in the near future.
- House of Commons committees. You can get here a list of federal committees and subcommittees ranging from Aboriginal Affairs to Transport.
- Committee records. Much of the heavy lifting when it comes to public policy work is done by government committees. This resource lets you search the issues studied, the research collected, and the experts they’ve consulted. Detailed information is listed for each committee including a schedule of all meetings with date, time and location, the committee’s studies and activities, reports, membership, and news releases. Also, see ‘Substantive Reports of Committees’.
- Debates (Hansard). Transcripts of parliamentary debates by date.
- Legislative summaries. Copies of bills introduced to parliament along with topical research papers produced by library staff are available here.
- Parliamentary secretaries. Here, you’ll find a list of ministers’ secretaries, including backgrounds and contact information. Secretaries to ministers are often good contacts for further information on a particular minister’s portfolio.
- Bills.This includes a list of Senate and House of Commons bills up for debate, along with their text, status, and further background.
- House of Commons Sittings. This includes a list of sittings, recesses and adjournments of the House of Commons and their dates and duration. http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Compilations/ElectionsAndRidings/Elections.aspx?Menu=ElectionsRidings-Election
- Votes. When tracking the political winds around an issue under debate, this resource documents how votes were cast.
- Parliamentary Library Background Papers. A story-idea generating resource based on federal studies on matters of current public debate, thoroughly researched and presented with background, legal precedents and a valuable list of sources and publications in the bibliographic end notes. While they often fall under the radar, sharp-eyed journalists have used these credible reports for front-page stories such as the 2013 Library of Parliament report that found nearly 6,000 Canadian veterans could suffer mental health issues and another 2,750 facing post-traumatic stress disorder.
- HillNotes. This Library of Parliament produced site contained quick hit analysis on pressing matters of the day, archived after 90 days, a kind of thoughtful, curated research source of high quality.