The website Historical Debates of the Parliament of Canada has been created by the Library of the Canadian Parliament and the history portal Canadiana. On this website you can access digitized debates held in the House of Commons and the Senate from 1867 onwards. Materials for the Senate are available up to 1996. Debates from the House of Commons are available up to 1994. You can search with a free text search field in the full-text of the records for one chamber or for both chambers, select a specific period – including sessions of Parliament – and choose between French and English. The website can be consulted in English and French.
One can combine these debates with the database for Orders-in-Council for the period 1867-1916. The term orders-in-council refers to a legislative instrument generated by the governor-in-council,. An order-in-council is a formal recommendation of Cabinet approved and signed by the governor-general. Orders-in-council cover a wide range of administrative and legislative matters.