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)

http://www.parl.gc.ca/procedure-book-livre/document.aspx?language=e&sbdid=7c730f1d-e10b-4dfc-863a-83e7e1a6940e&sbpid=976953d8-8385-4e09-a699-d90779b48aa0&sbpidx=1

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

http://www.parl.gc.ca/LegisInfo/Home.aspx?Language=E&Parl=41&Ses=1&ParliamentSession=41-2&Page=1

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

http://www.gazette.gc.ca/gazette/home-accueil-eng.php

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

http://www.pco-bcp.gc.ca/oic-ddc.asp?lang=eng&Page=secretariats

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

https://ocl-cal.gc.ca/app/secure/orl/lrrs/do/advSrch?lang=eng

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

http://ciec-ccie.parl.gc.ca/EN/PublicRegistries/Pages/default.aspx

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

http://www.elections.ca/WPAPPS/WPF/

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

http://open.canada.ca/en/search/ati

(here’s the list of who to call to get those completed ATIs http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/atip-aiprp/apps/coords/index-eng.asp#n)

Public Opinion Research Reports – archive

http://www.porr-rrop.gc.ca/index-e.html

Department of Justice – search statutes

http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/

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

http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/rpp/index-eng.asp

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

http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/dpr-rmr/index-eng.asp

(there are so many more resources here that I haven’t properly explored – take a peek if you’re interested in government finance stories: http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/reports-rapports/index-eng.asp)

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

http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/ems-sgd/esp-pbc/me-bpd-eng.asp

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

http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/ems-sgd/esp-pbc/se-bs-eng.asp