Parliamentary Documents

Researching federal legislation can be fascinating particularly historical legislation. The Canadian spirit of the times can gleaned from the content and context of our legislation. As frustrated ambivalent challenged as this might make you feel when reading the current debates, thankfully available on the wonderful LEGISinfo site, looking at debates from the past is both interesting and potentially useful for legal research.

This fall, the Library of Parliament, in collaboration with, launched its Historical Debates of the Parliament of Canada digital portal.

The portal makes the debates of the House of Commons and the Senate for the 1st Parliament 1st Session (November 6, 1867-May 22, 2868) available for viewing through search and browse in both official languages.

What a lovely gift of Canadian heritage.

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