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Canada - Parliament

Parliament is the legislative branch of the federal government. It includes the Sovereign, represented by the Governor General, the House of Commons and the Senate. It also refers to the time when members of parliament and senators are assembled.

Journals

At the end of the session for the House of Commons, the daily Votes and Proceedings are issued in bound volumes and entitled the Journals. As such they are the permanent official record of the House. (Note: From Sept. 19, 1994 – current Votes and Proceedings were absorbed by: Canada. Parliament. House of Commons. Journals.)

Canada. Parliament. House of Commons. Journals
1867 (1st Parl. 1st Sess.) - 1970 (28th Parl. 2nd Sess.), DBW govt mfilm
1868-1900 Online
1970/72 (28th Parl. 3rd Sess.) – current, DBW govt J 103.K3J68
1994/96 (35th Parl. 1st Sess.) - current Online

Journals also refer to the official record of proceedings of the Senate. They are comprised of the daily Minutes of Proceedings, which are equivalent to the Commons’ Votes and Proceedings. They are edited and republished at the end of each session as the Journals of the Senate. (Note: Daily updates to the Journals of the Senate of Canada (bound vols.) were called Minutes of the Proceedings of the Senate until 35 Parliament, 1st Session (1996) and were called Journals of the Senate from 35 Parliament, 2nd Session (1996).

Canada. Parliament. Senate. Journals
1867 (1st Parl. 1st Sess.) - 1969/70 (28th Parl. 2nd Sess.), DBW govt mfilm
1970/72 (28th Parl. 3rd Sess.) – current, DBW govt J 103.J3J6
1996/97 (35th Parl. 2nd Sess.) – current, Online