Debates/Hansard (1875-) and Reconstituted Debates (1867-1872)
Note, Official Debates from the House of Commons were not published until 1875. In earlier years, accounts of the debates were published in local newspapers, and the Library of Parliament staff members later cut these out and pasted them into scrapbooks. Thus, the early debates are sometimes referred to as Scrapbook debates, or the Cotton Debates - named after the reporter who transcribed them for the Ottawa Times.
More recently Library of Parliament undertook the task of editing the Scrapbook versions and published them in print volumes. These are known as the Reconstituted debates.
Years 1867 - 1869 and 1873 - 1874, along with some pre-Confederation debates for years 1846; 1866 and 1854 - 1864 are available on microform AW1.R-2077: Per.1 --- 1846/58 - 1873 --check titles
The print Hansard includes a subject and a speaker index for each session, which is available from UBC Library until the end of the 2nd Session, Parliament 35 (1996).
The Index to Hansard is also available on CD-Rom for Parliament 33 (1984) to Parliament 37, Session 3 (2004) at call number J103.C1 CD-ROM and online from 1994 onwards as noted above.
The Journals are the official record of the decisions and actions taken by the House of Commons. These are published daily and are later revised and published in both a weekly and a sessional compilation.
The Journals are available:
The record of votes appears in the Journals of the House of Commons. However, from 1867 - 1994 the Votes and Proceedings of the House of Commons of the Dominion of Canada was also published as a separate volume.
Openparliament.ca (non government site) also has voting information available online.
Order Papers refer to the "orders of the day," or agenda for the day's sitting.
Notice Papers are included in the day's Order Paper and are a statement of intent. They list any bills, motions, or questions that a Minister or MP intends to bring up that day.
Order Papers and Notice Papers are available:
Bills are proposed laws introduced to Parliament. They do not become law until they have been passed by both the House of Commons and the Senate and then forwarded to the Governor General for Royal Assent.
For more detailed information on how a Bill becomes a Law click here.
The full-text of Bills from the 1st Session, 37th Parliament (2002) to present are available: