Laura Payton and Kady O’Malley — the Parliamentary reporting dream team — gave a session at Nash ’77 on what the Hill is and how it works. Below is a stellar list of resources any aspiring politics reporter will find useful.

House of Commons – Procedure and Practice (rules about how the House works)

LegisInfo (search any and all bills to see what stage they’re at, their text, etc.)

Canada Gazette (regulations that are the real nitty-gritty of any new law and sometimes give you a heads-up about what’s coming):

Orders in Council (Cabinet orders – some weird, like about new coin designs; others newsy-er, like rescinding laws or appointments)

Office of the Lobby Commissioner – search registry/log (to find out which lobbyists represent which companies and who they’re lobbying)

Office of the Ethics Commissioner – search disclosure reports for MPs AND public office holders (including brief descriptions of financial holdings)

Elections Canada – financial records (no receipts, but a listing of what is spent during a campaign)

Completed Access to Information requests (you can request a copy of somebody else’s request and you get it much faster)

(here’s the list of who to call to get those completed ATIs

Public Opinion Research Reports – archive

Department of Justice – search statutes

Reports on Plans and Priorities (planned staffing, goals for the departments)

Departmental Performance Reports (DPRs to the cool kids – ACTUAL staffing numbers and how the departments did on their goals)

(there are so many more resources here that I haven’t properly explored – take a peek if you’re interested in government finance stories:

Main estimates (highly detailed budget plans – the ACTUAL federal budget that’s voted on in Parliament)

Supplementary estimates (because who doesn’t run out of cash by the end of the year?)