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Government Publications - British Columbia

Hansard/Debates

Hansard

29th Parliament (1970) -Present 

* Note, there are both subject and speaker indexes available for this Hansard collection. 

Pre-1970 

The Debates were not formally collected and published before 1970, but they were widely reported in the local press. Staff members at the Legislative Library would clip any such reports from the local papers and maintained the clippings in Sessional Clipping Books.

  • Available in microfilm - Koerner Library at  AW1.R5782  for  1890 - 1894 / 1896 - 1972. 
  • Print version in Rare Books and Special Collections, 
  • The Okanagan Library also has this collection on microfilm at KEB22.63.

The Clipping Book Collection does not have an index so you may want to consult the BC Newspaper Index to help manage your search. The BC Newspaper Index covers content from Vancouver Sun, the Vancouver Province and the Victoria Times-colonist for 1900 - 1970 and are organized alphabetically by topic. 

  • Available in the Koerner Library at  AW1.R5065

 

Sessional Papers 1872-1982

Where can you find the Sessional Papers?

The Sessional Papers were published from 1872 - 1875 in the appendix of the Journals of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia.

From 1876 - 1982 they were published separately. By the 1920s, the Sessional Papers primarily contained annual reports from government Ministries.

Content not transferred to the Journals includes:

  • The Voters' list - which was published on its own and is available at UBC Library from 1876 - 1979, call no.: FC3806.2 .B723; and on microform, from 1983 - 1990 at call no.: AW5.A454 V6.
  • The Estimates - which were published by the Ministry of Finance. UBC has print copies available from 1892 - 1977 at call no.: HJ14.B7 B1 and for 1982/83 to present at HJ14.B7 B1

Holdings

  • Print: 1872 - 1982, from UBC Library in the ASRS at  J110.L5 S7

Index to the microforms - Guide to the British Columbia Sessional Papers on Microfilm in Koerner LIbrary at  J110.M5 A46 2009 

 

Journals of the Legislative Assembly

These consist of the official summary record of House proceedings and decisions. They are published by the Office of the Clerk at the conclusion of each session. They contain:

  • summaries of speeches 
  • the titles and numbers of bills
  • voting records 
  • orders of the House 
  • motions, papers presented
  • petitions
  • questions and resolutions

Holdings

  • Online from the Legislative Library of British Columbia  - 1851- present

Throne Speech

Available online (1992 - present )

Select Standing Committee Reports

Available online from 35th Parliament (1992) - present.