Monday, October 29, 2012


The official record of the House of Commons can be found in Hansard. 

Hansard is the name given throughout the Commonwealth to the daily printed record of the debates of parliament

A lot has changed over the last 132 years. In particular, the way the official record of the debates, discussions and committees are recorded. With the advance of radio, television and the internet, sheafs of paper are being replaced by electronic documents.

If you happen to be a bit of a Canadian political junkie, a researcher or you just want to know what you Member of Parliament is up to – Hansard is a great resource. This fall it is even more user friendly.
The folks at Hansard have merged the audio, video and text to provide  interactive features that make searching and viewing the official proceedings of the House of Commons much better than ever before.

If you search Hansard, you will be presented with video clips mirroring the official transcripts. The architects of the changes have included social media. If you want to share a speech, there is an option to use Twitter or Facebook!

You can even register for a regular feed of the topics or comments from M.P.s that matter to you.

William Cobbett introduced Britain's first record of parliamentary debates in 1810 but later sold out to the Hansard family, printers to the British House of Commons.  Although the Hansard family only produced the record of debates from 1812 to 1888, the report retained the Hansard name by which it is known today.

Canada adopted a Hansard in 1880

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